The Deceptive Power of Pride (Through the Psalms)

For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime ^Psalm 30:5. (Click to read entire Psalm)

Repentance. There is so much power in repentance. Repentance happens when an individual acknowledges where they are wrong, and they turn from their sins back to God.

When someone truly repents two things happens: 1) their relationship with God is restored and 2) the favor of God is bestowed upon them.

In this Psalm David is repenting of his pride and arrogance. David alludes that because of his pride and arrogance he was afflicted with sickness, but after he repented and cried out to God, God healed him, “O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you restored my health...When I was prosperous, I said, 'Nothing can stop me now!’ Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain. Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered” (Psalm 30:2; 6-7 NLT). 

O how fast a man of God can fall into deception and sin when they are not abiding in the presence of the Lord. Someone like David, who was a man after God’s own heart fell into arrogance by thinking that he was a somebody.

That’s the most dangerous thing, when we think we are a somebody. Pride and self-sufficiency erodes our hearts and as a result God lifts His hand of grace and replaces it with judgment. However, the great news about this Psalm is that if and when we turn from our sins, God’s divine grace will prevail back into our lives. 

For the one who repents of their sins and turns back to God, God will immediately pour out His grace and presence back into our lives. For his anger is but a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime (v. 5). 

No matter how much you have sinned and how far you feel from God, true repentance will bring you right back into the favor and presence of God. 

William ChungComment