Oh Lord – It’s Hard to be Humble

Oh Lord – It’s Hard to be Humble

 It's Hard to be Humble
It’s Hard to be Humble


That was the punch line of a song from my youth, “Oh Lord – it’s hard to be humble; when you’re perfect in every way!”  Today I had to think hard about being humble in the face of today’s text (Micah 6:8) for the days sermon which went; ” He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the LORD require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy  and to walk humbly with your God.” So how exactly does one walk humbly with one’s God?

  • Walk Humbly With Your God

Seems to me that the elemental meaning in “humble”, is deference to another or others. You can’t be humble without deferring to the other party.  So to walk humbly with your God is to listen carefully to what He wants and to be obedient to that.  This brings me straight to Psalm one where it says that happy is the man who meditates on God’s law both day and night. To be doing that would be to be attending humbly to God. It would be one way to know how to act in deference to God. You would in fact be “hearing from God

  • Fundamental Rule For The Christian

This then is a fundamental rule for the Christian.  Simply live out Micah 6:8, and act justly, (as God would have us act); show constant love, (as it says in the Good News Translation); and walk humbly, (in constant attendance) with your God. You can’t go wrong if you are listening to Him ALL day! This puts a reluctant truth to the line of the song above.  It IS hard to be humble, and we have to work at it because acting in love, acting justly, and being fully attentive to God are NOT natural acts for your average sinner.  We have to train ourselves  to do this; so don’t expect to instantly get it right!

  • Forget One-upmanship!

This humble stuff is not restricted to God – when we walk “humbly”, we can treat our fellow man with the same polite deference that we treat God.  I can say that most of the real truths that I have learned in life has been taught me by my fellows, by the people I interact with every day.  I have learned a heck of a lot by listening to, and watching the people around me.  If we are into “one-upmanship”, or any other kind of “scoring off” our acquaintances, then we will never learn anything from them, (apart from how silly we really are!).

  • Just Do It!

So think about the old song; “Oh Lord – it’s hard to be humble; when you’re perfect in every way!”  And try walking humbly with your God!

15 thoughts on “Oh Lord – It’s Hard to be Humble

  1. I have come a long way – do not know why this song or verse came to my mind but decided to read it. Was about to dish out some bad attitude tomorrow to my staff but asked myself – is this what Jesus would have done – I guess – no – I will then humbly approach them and speak with wisdom – GODS WISDOM.

    1. @Raven –

      Have to admit that this has been the pattern through all time. We CAN change our own responses though!

      😎 – Rhys

    1. @TarunKumar

      Definitely it is tough to do. I always find myself looking for compliments after doing something. We need to learn to compliment God, not ourselves. I.E., Give HIM the glory.

      😳 – Rhys

  2. I think being humble is a nice trait. It makes people learn the sense of humility and being aware that no one is really perfect in every way. It makes people see their faults and weaknesses and correct them. Being humble makes people more lovable and likeable by others. Thanks for the interesting post.

  3. Very nice article – and applicable for all of us especially to me. Since I am a self centered person and it is hard for me to humble myself all the time. But the text in this post (Micah 6:8) reminds me to walk humbly – walk means “a manner of living”; so we should live humbly in every moment of our life.

    1. Hi Crystal!

      You nailed it there. Life in the Kingdom is a lot easier if we remember to wear our “humble” boots when we walk out!

      😎 – Rhys

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