The Praise of Others

“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” Proverbs 27:2

It is easier for me to be proud than humble, and my pride is stroked by other’s praise. I have the tendency, when praised by others, to “share” that. “So and so said this about me! Look at what this person said about me!” I can even put a pious spin on it: “Praise the Lord for what he said about me!”

This is especially easy with social media of which, ironically, I post and share these thoughts!

While reading and meditating on Ruth 2 today, Matthew Henry provided a helpful reminder and instruction from Ruth’s example–

Ruth told her mother what kindness Boaz had shown her, that she might take some occasion or another to acknowledge it and return him thanks; but she did not tell her how Boaz had commended her. Humility teaches us, not only not to praise ourselves, but not to be forward to publish others’ praises of us.

May the Lord help me to walk humbly before Him, praising Him for His provisions and magnifying Him, not myself. If I boast, may my boast be of the Lord (2 Cor 10:17).

Abram the Hebrew

In the account detailing how “Abram the Hebrew” (Gen 14:13) defeated Chedorlaomer and other kings, attention is usually given to the mysterious Melchizedek in Genesis 14:19-20.

Today, though, I note two things about Abram the Hebrew–

  1. Abram did not allow men to control his actions (vv. 13-16). From a human perspective he was hopelessly outmanned (318 to thousands, no doubt). From a military perspective he foolishly divided his force (14:15). Yet Abram, like David later (1 Sam 17:45-47), trusted in His God, “possessor of heaven and earth” rather than in military strength or wisdom.
  2. Abram did not allow men to have a claim on him (vv. 17-24). He was subservient only to the “Lord God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth.”

Lord, may I fear you alone and be indebted to you alone.