How to Overcome Temptation, Part 155 (Pride) (Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class #279)


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Psalm 119:78 In this psalm, the psalmist sets up a contrast between the prideful and those who do God’s will. The psalmist prays that his enemies, who were arrogant and prideful, would be put to shame. He prays that God would case them to fail in their plots against him because they dealt dishonestly or perversely with him. Furthermore, they did so without a cause. Because of this, he prayed that the proud would be punished. As for the psalmist, he would not be diverted from meditating on and following God’s commandments. None of the wicked deeds of his proud enemies would cause Him to lose trust in God. Charles Spurgeon said, “The psalmist begged that the judgments of God might no longer fall upon himself, but upon his cruel adversaries. God will not suffer those who hope in his word to be put to shame, for he reserves that reward for haughty spirits: they shall yet be overtaken with confusion, and become the subjects of contempt, while God's afflicted ones shall again lift up their heads. Shame is for the proud, for it is a shameful thing to be proud. Shame is not for the holy, for there is nothing in holiness to be ashamed of. He would leave the proud in God's hands, and give himself up to holy studies and contemplations. To obey the divine precepts we have need to know them, and think much of them. Hence this persecuted saint felt that meditation must be his chief employment. He would study the law of God and not the law of retaliation. The proud are not worth a thought. The worst injury they can do us is to take us away from our devotions; let us baffle them by keeping all the closer to our God when they are most malicious in their onslaughts.” Instead of falling into the trap of pride and being ashamed by the judgment of God, follow the example of the psalmist and meditate on the law of God and obey his commandments.

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