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Psalms 10:6

He Is Arrogant

6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.


The sinner and the believer often make the same statements of faith, but the first has lies for his foundation while the other has absolute truth. David wrote, "I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved." (Psalms 16:8) The faith that he should not be moved was not based on anything good within himself but on the fact that God was always present with him. David went through plenty of adversity in his life but his faith was never shaken, God was always with him, and he was always able to surmount whatever difficulties he faced.

The sinner, on the other hand, has built his faith on his own vain accomplishments. He has successfully persecuted the poor and has been rewarded with substantial wealth because of his own covetous lifestyle. Power and wealth are his to use as he wishes and serve as the security for his future. He has puffed at his enemies and easily defeated them. No one has punished him for his wrong doings. In fact, the world admires him for his success.

He has put God completely out of his thoughts. God has not punished him. He is like the Pharaoh whom Moses and Aaron confronted. "And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go." (Exodus 5:2) He does not know God and, therefore, has no reason to submit to Him. Like the Pharaoh, he is his own God.

Albert Barnes wrote concerning this verse, saying, "The phrase, β€œhe hath said,” means that this was his deliberate and settled character. What is here described was no sudden thing. It was not the freak of passion; it was a deliberately-formed purpose. The phrase, β€œin his heart,” means that he had purposed this; he had said this to himself in a spirit of self-gratulation and confidence."

This self-gratulation and confidence is common among all wicked people, including the heathen nations of the world. Babylon was told, "And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it." (Isaiah 47:7) And, again, she has the same attitude in the last days, "How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow." (Revelation 18:7)

Today, we are witnessing one of the most amazing periods in modern history, as people all over the globe are rising up in a wave of revolutions against the tyrants who have been enslaving them for decades. Men who have boasted to the whole world about their power, wealth, ruthlessness and infallibility are falling from power in violent revolutions. These men thought that they would never see adversity. Spurgeon wrote, "Every proud thought is twin brother to a cruel thought. He who exalts himself will despise others, and one step further will make him a tyrant."

Brothers and sisters in Christ, pride is the cancer that will destroy everyone who entertains it. It grows rapidly giving a false sense of confidence to its owner. It will cause you to think you are infallible and to reject criticism or correction. It will turn your thoughts away from God. You will think that you are good, strong, smart, clever, safe and immune to adversity. Without knowing it, you will become your own God. Do not give the sin of pride any room to reside in your heart, for God will discipline those who are His children in Christ and destroy all who continue to reject His grace.

Before The Throne:

Ask the Holy Spirit to examine every fiber of your being and to cast out any trace of pride that is found there. Humble yourself in the presence of the Lord. Confess Him as the one and only true God. Ask Him to forgive you for every time that you have been self-dependent. Pray for the poor people of the world who suffer under the tyranny of a dictator or under a political system that persecutes them. Pray for for the safety of the missionaries who have been sent to those countries with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

For Further Study:

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** said. Psa 11:1; 14:1; Matt 24:48; ** not. Psa 15:5; 30:6; Eccl 8:11; Isa 47:7; 56:12; Nah 1:10; Matt 24:48; 1Thess 5:3;

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