One of the plagues of contemporary society is pride. Pride sets in whenever we set our own standards against which we judge ourselves. Instead having God and His Word as the standard of how we should live, we turn to our cultures, experiences, feelings and passions. That’s what the Psalmist observed in verse 2: In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin [NIV]. Whenever we turn away from God and His word, we live a lie. We are blinded from our own sinfulness and need for God.
God is calling us to turn back to him; to see ourselves in light of His standards. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light [verse 9]. This is true humility—seeing ourselves in light of God’s holiness. When God’s holiness becomes the standard of our holiness, we stop boasting and start trusting because we realize that it is impossible to attain God’s standards of holiness on our own. When God’s light exposes us, the ugliness of our sin becomes so visible. Instead of boasting of our own accomplishments (which is pride) we start rejoicing in what God has done for and in us (which is worship).
Prayer: Lord, whenever I am tempted to boast about my vain accomplishments, may your light expose my nothingness and reveal your glory, power and love. May you teach me to rest in your sufficiency. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Psalm 36:9