Psalm 31:23 Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride (ESV).
I was actually going to write on jealousy today when Psalm 31:23 stuck out while reading. The Lord (Adonai) “abundantly repays” a person who “acts in pride” especially caught my attention. This is not the kind of repayment I or you would want. Usually the word repay or reward (in some translations) is used positively. Not so here. Well, it is positively indicating full justice. The word for repay is ū·mə·šal·lêm or justice in context. This word is used in two other places (Deuteronomy 7:10, Jeremiah 32:18). It is in context to those who hate God and the iniquity of the fathers. So, clearly, this is a strong word.
Let’s pause and do a quick recap. God repays (or gives full justice) to those who hate him, the iniquity of the fathers to children, and….the proud.
YHVH really doesn’t like pride.
Something God has been showing me is how much He hates pride. We see being “snotty” or “stubborn” as simply flaws in our personality. It’s stuff we “work through.” God, however, has a very different opinion on it. He hates a proud look, He resists or opposes the proud, it brings disgrace and a fall, and He repays with full justice to those who act in it. Yikes. I’d say pride is pretty bad.
Pride: a feeling of being better than others
Humility: modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank,
Pride means to see yourself as better than someone else. Your opinion, your ways, your preferences etc are elevated. Humility conversely takes a modest attitude to one’s self worth. It doesn’t see themselves as superior, preferred, or better. Acting in humility can be summed up well in Philippians 2:3b but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Today, I want to challenge you to repent of pride and seek brokenness. Get humble before your Maker and ask Him to keep you broken. We are all sinners. None of us are “all that”. Anything you have is ultimately from Him. And He can take it away too. Get serious about letting your stubbornness go. It is very serious in God’s eyes.
May we all be rewarded and repaid for our obedience, not our pride.
Proverbs 11:2 ESV When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
Proverbs 16:18 ESV Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Romans 12:3 ESV For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
1 Peter 5:5 ESV Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
James 4:6b KJV Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.