David, an adulterer and murderer, boldly claims:
I am ready, and I am not troubled; to keep thy commandments. (I am ready, and I have not delayed, to obey thy commandments.)
What gives David his confidence? Is his confidence in himself? Is he honest when he claims he is ready? Does he correctly assess himself when he says, “I am not troubled; to keep thy commandments”?
In what, in whom is David’s confidence?
Look at the following translations of the same verse written by James. In several versions, we humble ourselves before or in the sight of the Lord while in several other versions, we find ourselves humbled (or meeked) by an outside force, perhaps by God Himself or by other human beings. At any rate, whether we cast ourselves down or are cast down by others, as we allow ourselves to remain humble, the Lord will exalt or lift us.
The haughty spirit – the proud – this is the one the Lord must discipline. Jesus’ harshest words are for those who hold themselves in high esteem. The Lord lifts the ones who feel the most unworthy and often those we view as the least in the kingdom of God.
Be ye meeked in the sight of the Lord, and he shall enhance you.
humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. James 4:10KNOX
Cast down yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10GNV
Be humbled in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you. James 4:10DRA