Back when I was a skinny little member of my church's youth group, we used to sing this verse in song. I can still see the words, displayed the old-fashioned way — slide projector on a bar stool, pointed toward the wall. The only instruments were the youth pastor’s guitar and a choir of cracking adolescent voices. But the song was beautiful.
In my last post I mentioned that God is merciful and just, kind and true, and that we should aspire to be like Him in those ways. Micah 6:8 adds another element into the mix: humility.
As “sinners saved by grace,” we should be filled with gratitude toward God and see ourselves on a level playing field with our fellow man. “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7 NASB) That’s what Jesus said of the woman caught in adultery to the men who were about to stone her. He was calling those men to honesty — and perhaps a little humility.
The book of Proverbs calls us to humility as well, citing the quality as one possessed by the wise. “When pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2 NASB)
Walking humbly with our God is a beautiful way to start — and continue — the new year.
He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly, to love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJV
Humbly with Him