Friday, September 27, 2002

Edifier du jour-Psalm 75:1-7(NASB)
1 We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks, For Your name is near; Men declare Your wondrous works. 2 "When I select an appointed time, It is I who judge with equity. 3 "The earth and all who dwell in it melt; It is I who have firmly set its pillars. Selah. 4 "I said to the boastful, 'Do not boast,' And to the wicked, 'Do not lift up the horn; 5 Do not lift up your horn on high, Do not speak with insolent pride.'" 6 For not from the east, nor from the west, Nor from the desert comes exaltation; 7 But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.
Somehow, I'm hearing Han telling Luke, "Don't get cocky, kid!" Humility is the art of knowing who you are, who God is and carefully noting the difference. I don't think God has this type of New Yawker attitude, but I have this picture of God looking down upon the prideful, saying "Ya ain't got nuttin'!" The other picture comes from a Frank Peretti comedy routine I heard on Focus on the Family years ago, where he's giving Shirley McClain a good verbal Fisking. If I recall correctly, there's a scene in her bio that has her shouting out her New Age axiom "I am God!" on the beach. Change location to Heaven as shout dwindles to whisper-"[chortle] Hey, Michael, Gabriel. [chuckle] Check this out." A good starting point for theology is to know that God is God and you're not. You can get a good laugh at the old joke with the punch line of the cocky politician getting to Heaven and telling God "I'm [fill in name] and you're sitting in my spot." However, we need to let God keep his seat and not kick him out.

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