Humble, Yet Sort Of…Humble

pepe-le-pew

Anybody reading this remember Pepe Le Pew?

If not, Pepe Le Pew is a skunk in Looney Tune’s pantheon of cartoon characters that features Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Tweety Bird and Daffy Duck.

I only remember one line Pepe ever said, and I regularly quote it to my wife.  In one episode, after doing something successful, Pepe said in his French accent, “Makes me feel humble, yet sort of proud.”  That statement rings so true to my sinful motivations it’s uncanny.  It’s so tempting to be proud of “my” puny accomplishments.  I must seem as comical and absurd to God as Pepe Le Pew.

In 2 SA 7 David thought he would do something great for God – build him a house to dwell in.  But God sent Nathan the prophet to tell David it wasn’t about what he would do for God, but what God would do for him.

Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel.  And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth’ (8,9).

God says, “David, don’t forget that I took you from tending sheep in the field and made you King of Israel.  I’ve been the one that’s given you success.”  God then goes on to tell David that rather than David building him a house, God would give David a heritage.

In other words, what did David have to boast about?  He hadn’t done anything for God; God had done everything for him.  I love David’s humble response:

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? … Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it.  Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears (18, 21-22).

Whenever God enables us to do anything for him, we should pray similarly – “Who am I that you have brought me thus far?  You have saved me from hell and brought about any good I’ve accomplished.  Any success in my school or family or work or ministry is all from you.  Therefore YOU are great, O Lord God.  There is none like YOU.”

Makes me feel humble, yet sort of….humble.

photo by annalise.ellen

Comments

  1. says

    Thanks, Mark. We must always remember that anything accomplished for Christ is another act of mercy and grace from Him. Praise God that He chooses to use lumps of clay for His glory!

  2. says

    Hey Mark,
    I love the new look!
    I struggle with pride so much, especially when it comes to doing things for God. I want to gain recognition and adoration, things that are reserved wholly for God alone. The Lord is constantly revealing the idols that stand in my heart and compete for His affection. I have nothing in and of myself to offer to God except a sin stained heart that is in desperate need of cleansing! All of my attempts at worship are feeble at best, I can only respond to what God has so graciously revealed to me anyway. The truth of the matter is that God doesn’t need any of us, He is totally fine without us. The amazing thing is that He chooses to use us and bring glory to Himself through our broken attempts! God is so amazing. Thanks for yet another great reminder of the goodness of the gospel!
    Blessings
    Ron Reffett

  3. says

    Thanks for this post.

    On a similar note, my favorite Pepe Le Pew line is:

    (as if shooting a machine gun at the cat he thinks is a female skunk) “Ack Ack Ack Ack…I pierce you with zee ack ack of love.”

  4. says

    Hey Ron,

    Yep, God doesn’t need any of us. It’s amazing he’s created good works for us to walk in. I’m president of the pride club, but I’ll let you be a member….thanks for your comments!

    Hey Aaron,

    Great Pepe line. I’ll have to use it on my wife!

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