You save the humble, but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help, I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. (Psalm 18: 27-33)

Pride is more than elevating ourselves in the eyes of others. The more insidious form of pride is our bent for self-direction; our marked tendency to make decisions without consulting God; our predilection for living our daily lives without thought for God’s will.

We tend to live as if we are in charge. We separate the “spiritual” from the “ordinary.” We claim Jesus as Lord, but we often act as though business is business, fun is fun, relationships are relationships, and God has no place in the routines of our lives. We operate under the misguided (or non-guided) assumption that we are in control of our own lives.

But only God can keep our lamp burning; we live in darkness unless we are living in the light of Christ. Too often, we are stumbling around in the dark, when light is available at the touch of a switch. Sometimes, we’re afraid of what the light may reveal or require us to do. We prefer to operate in the dark because it’s familiar and doesn’t show up the stains, the things in need of repair, the garbage. Walking in the light means seeing things that need to be changed.

When we are humble before God, we acknowledge that we know nothing without Him. When we make Him our guide in all things, He makes our way clear, He protects us and strengthens us. Best of all, He enables us to stand on the heights: He brings us to the pinnacle of joy. He elevates and lifts us above the ordinary and allows us to see the bigger picture, closer to His perspective. From this elevation, the trivial is lost to sight. We can see patterns and how things begin to fit together. We are more acutely aware of the greatness of God and the smallness of man. The higher we get, the closer we come to God, the more humble we are. Moses was “the most humble man on earth” because he had talked with God.

If we truly know God, we cannot be other than humble. If we truly know God, we are standing on the heights.