Psalms 31:23-24 (ESV) – 23 Love the Lord, all you his saints!
The Lord preserves the faithful
but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord!
Humility and courage do not seem to be two things that go together. I think of the puffed up chests of superheroes or the uniforms full of medals of military heroes, and I think those heroes are full of pride. I don’t necessarily mean that in a negative way, but I definitely don’t think humility. I think of courageous people as those who are sure of themselves and have confidence in their abilities… and maybe they do. In fact, I’m sure that when a firefighter goes into a burning building they have to have confidence in their abilities, their training, and their equipment. But they also have confidence in something else… the team around them. That’s where humility comes in.
To have biblical courage, it is not based on how great we are but on how great we believe our God is… and relatedly on those around us who support us during times of difficulty. The above passage speaks to both aspects.
The writer speaks to the collective “faithful” and reminds them to love God and in that love they can take courage as they wait for the Lord.
What are the struggles you are facing? Where are you going to find the courage to take heart? Pray Psalms 31 and ask for God to fill you with that level of strength.