A Psalm of David.
1 To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, I trust in You; let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me.
3 Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.
4 Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths.
5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.
6 Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; according to Your mercy remember me, for Your goodness’ sake, O LORD.
8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore He teaches sinners in the way.
9 The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way.
10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For Your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
12 Who is the man that fears the LORD? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.
13 He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his descendants shall inherit the earth.
14 The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.
15 My eyes are ever toward the LORD, For He shall pluck my feet out of the net.
16 Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, for I am desolate and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart have enlarged; bring me out of my distresses!
18 Look on my affliction and my pain, and forgive all my sins.
19 Consider my enemies, for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
20 Keep my soul, and deliver me; let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You.
21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for You.
22 Redeem Israel, O God, Out of all their troubles!
Why does God seem to flip everything upside down? The humble are guided in justice and prepped for leadership. Those who fear the Lord are offered the earth as an inheritance for their great grandchildren. Time and again it is said how He opposes the proud, but uplifts the meek. Saul was humble, then he became king. Then Saul became proud and lost everything.
To be humble is to be teachable. From humility comes obedience. They say it is a poor craftsman who blames his tools. If that is the case then it is through the use of truly the most unuseful tools, namely us, that the infinite skill of the divine craftsman can best be appreciated. God doesn’t look for perfect, sinless and utterly flawless people to build His masterpieces. He knows that no such person has existed since the Garden of Eden when sin was first introduced. He finds the broken, bloody, and worthless. He finds the small, weak, and frail. He finds the stutterer, the con-man, the guy with a bad temper who stinks like dead fish. He sees, hears, and smells them and says, “Now this, I can work with”. He forgives them, he sculpts them, he leads them. Building them up brick by brick, one day at a time until nations are born, captives are free, and the Gospel is preached across continents. And we who read about them thousands of years later are so far removed that we may be tempted to think that the masterpiece is the great work that God did through them, but the truth is that the real Magnum Opus is the great work that God did IN them.