“For the Lord delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory” (Psalm 149:4, NLT).
When you humble yourself before the Lord and give up anything in your life that blocks His presence, you invite His power into your life. When you allow the trials of life to spiritually grow you into His beautiful creation, you invite His victory. Instead of defeating you, those trials inspire you to trust Him more. He crowns the humble with victory. “Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor” (1 Peter 5:7, NLT). His power is best understood in humility. Its greatest revelation is found in humility. When He completely owns your heart, pride is something that is more easily defeated. Its power to control your emotions and feelings become less as He becomes more. When your life is about Him what you spiritually see, perceive, hear, and understand is not yours to own. Your life is His, and there is nothing for you to gain—nothing to prove—nothing to declare that He can’t call into existence. When you lay everything down, you become His instrument to use as He wills. When you humble yourself under His Hand He uses you for His purpose—as He ordains. His power is greatest when revealed through humbleness of heart. So humble yourself before Him—with nothing to prove—with nothing but to live who He is in you, and experience the delight of His freedom. Discover His Spirit—alive in you setting you free from all that you have thought yourself to be. Discover your true purpose is His to direct—His to own. You are ready for the greatest abundance when you have been pruned the most severely. You are ready for His greatest freedom when you are willing to lay down all He has imparted—all you know He has given—and allow Him to wash your feet. Stripped of all that stands in the way of His Hand upon you, you are unhindered by need or perception or anything at all. He, who need not become less for you, now has. You are His, and you realize that He has brought you to a place of victory that you never imagined. At His feet you learn what it means to be crowned with victory because He was willing to humble himself for you. You know love full of glory that no word can write or describe because He gave all for you.
(copyright 2017 Lynn Hampton Lacher)