PRAISE RATHER THAN PRIDE
Background Scripture: PSALMS 18:46-50 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me. He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man. Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.
How do you handle your successes and your achievements? Do you immediately look for some type of credit, acclaim, acknowledgement or praise for what you have accomplished? Do you find yourself looking for ways or opportunities to ensure you get that credit or praise?
Looking at the scripture, you can see that David celebrated his victory over his enemies’ oppression by praising the Lord for deliverance, not by claiming that he himself had achieved it. In other words, he gave the GLORY to GOD.
David was severely persecuted by King Saul, who was afraid that David was out to capture the throne. Saul’s vengeful and vicious campaign drove David into hiding, fearing for his life. So when the Lord delivered David from this threat against his life, he responded by composing the psalm of praise. David knew that it was not he himself but God who had delivered him.
Are there situations in your life and your world where you are tempted to take all the credit for the outcomes rather than giving the glory to God? When this occurs, think of Psalms 18 and David, and immeditely give God the gift of praise and thanksgiving for all that He does for you.
Resource: The Word in Life Study Bible