(The message begins at 26:10)
Pride Comes Before a Fall
Asaph, a temple musician and singer during the reign of King David understood a great deal about pride and the nature of the proud. His Psalm 73 reflects on the attitudes and actions of the arrogant, those powerful elites who crushed the people and despised God.
Asaph asked the question, “Why do the wicked prosper?” and came to understand the power of the biblical worldview, and the truth that ‘pride comes before a fall.’ It is amazing to think that this Psalm was sung in the temple. It was a condemnation of the proud, the self-serving rulers of the day, and an encouragement to all who would humbly put their trust in God.
God’s Justice and Mercy
Years later, the king of the Neo-Babylonian empire had a chance to learn this powerful lesson in humility — the hard way. Yet, after 7 years of living in a demented state, God renewed the king’s sanity and as a result, Nebuchadnezzar came to understand the power of the biblical worldview, and the bible’s God.
However, his grandson did not take heed, nor learn the lesson that pride comes before a fall. His hubris, and arrogance cost him his life, and the lives of his family. Just as Daniel had predicted based on the handwriting on the wall, the king, his once great empire and the ‘impregnable’ city of Babylon fell that very night to the advancing Medo-Persian forces.
The question for us today is, “Are we listening to God’s message? Are we heeding the handwriting on the wall as it applies to our nations?” There is power in the biblical worldview and the God of Creation who opposes and abases the proud, but elevates the humble who love him.
The apostles, Luke, James and Peter, encouraged God’s people to serve God with humility and lead by example. We are to take up the challenge of spiritual warfare, but we must do so in a way that demonstrates God’s compassionate nature.
Praying for our Leaders