There’s a strange tension between confidence and pride. Sometimes it seems that false humility can be worse than pride because it masks itself as something it’s not. I’ve been convicted of this myself and notice that it rises up when I’m striving and insecure about a particular issue.
Lately, I’ve been struck by King David’s words in Psalm 51 when he’s repenting to God about Bathsheba. When he talks about being broken before God, I feel like that’s the key to walking in confidence and security.
For the source of Your pleasure is not in my performance or the sacrifices I might offer to You. The fountain of Your pleasure is found in the sacrifice of my shattered heart before You. You will not despise my tenderness as I humbly bow down at Your feet!
Psalm 51:16-17 (The Passion Translation)
When we know that we know that we know that God is not after our performance or our sacrifice, we can be secure in what we do and who we are. All God wants is for our hearts to remain broken and tender to His voice, so that when He speaks we listen and do what He’s asks. Here’s the amazing thing about God – when we humble ourselves before Him, He lifts us up!
Be willing to be made low before the Lord and he will exalt you!
James 4:10 (The Passion Translation)
When God sees the willingness and humble purity of our hearts, He exalts us. He calls us His own and gives us authority to walk out our lives before Him full of confident assurance. We are not meant to be groveling orphans begging for crumbs; we’re called to rule and reign with Him!