Pressing the Prideful
(Isaiah 21:1-2, 13-17; 23:1-18; 34:5-17)
How God Sees His Children
Our Scripture readings for today include Isaiah’s additional prophecies about God’s judgment upon several of Israel’s ancient oppressors. For millennia, Bible scholars have analyzed how these words may also apply to other eras throughout human history.
A brief passage in Isaiah 23 may speak particularly pointedly to all of mankind.
“The Lord Almighty planned it,
to bring low the pride of all glory
and to humble all who are renowned on the earth.”
Surely, God is the one who topples the proud and exalts the humble. Jehovah the Lord Almighty will share His glory with no man, and He is more than able to reign. For He already does.
Which would we rather be – praised by man or approved by the Father? For He regards the meek as mighty, but He frowns upon those who try to stand in their own fortitude.
May we ever praise Him.
Will you pray with me?
We are awed by Your glory
And astonished at Your fearsome Presence.
Reveal to us
How You press down the proud
And uplift the humble.
Melt our hearts
In the warmth of Your everlasting love,
so that we will ever bow
For You raise the heads
Of the humble,
So we may gaze upon You
In Your own glory.