A renowned king, powerful and highly respected in my country, unto him many kings and highly dignitaries would go to seek for supernatural power for safety and political pursuits. A powerful king who belongs to the circles of what the Bible described as principalities, powers, ruler of the darkness of this age and spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Many years back, he gave his life to Christ, the King of kings and became a born-again Christian. He renounced membership to these entire demonic groups which he once belonged. He burned all instruments of demonic power which he possessed or in his custody. He surrendered all for Christ.

Customarily, when a king goes to the church or attends a Christian gathering, he removes his crown and leaves a cap to cover his head. This is to designate his position as a king from others. In the case of this king, he removes both the crown and the cap, and leaves his head uncovered to dishonor himself, but to honor God whose honor is due; the Lord King of kings.

He is not ashamed to dissociate himself from other kings who feel that they are above all and found it difficult to stand up to praise God or to kneel down to pray to God. His submission did not reduce the respect that is accorded a king or his popularity. Rather, he became more popular as an evangelist who goes around giving testimony in many Christian gatherings.

Undignified David

This is the kind of undignified and humility found in David when he was bringing the Ark of covenant back to Jerusalem. Without minding his position as king, or his personality as the head of all Israel, he emptied himself before the living God, dancing and praising God with all his might. What a joyful moment that would be.

However, while he was dancing, his wife, Micah, despised him, rebuking the king for lowering his prestige before his subjects and dancing. But David response was amazing, he said

“…And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honor” (2Sam.6:14-23).

No matter how highly placed you may be, when coming to the presence of God, you must empty yourself. Whatever you are, you are not above Him. A Christian who cannot humble him/her self before Him is clothed with pride. A proud person, God abhorred. Whatever a man becomes is not without the knowledge of God. God told David that He brought him out of sheepfold to become a king. David demonstrated how a Christian should humble and put aside any form of earthly glory or pride before God.

As Christian, your focus should be on how to please God. People may despise you as Micah did to David, your contemporaries will spite you for lowering your prestige; however, do whatever is necessary to worship God.

Humbled and exalted Jesus

Our Lord Jesus is another example we must emulate when it comes to humbling ourselves before the Lord. He being in the form of God made himself of no reputation but bowed to God the Father by doing according to His will, obedient unto Him to the point of a humiliating death on the cross.

In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus emptied himself totally to the will of God. He said,

“…O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matt. 26:39).

When a man undignified and humbles himself before God, He rewards him greatly, by promoting and exalting him above all. No wonder, David was giving the lineage of the kingship of Israel.

Likewise, the Bible says concerning our Lord Jesus

“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phi. 2:9-11).

There is no how a believer humbles himself that he will not be exalted. Our Lord demonstrated this and is worth emulating. People may spite us, despise us, and bruise us or doing all sorts of humiliation to us for Christ sake; yet, we must remain focused on the Lord.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the (Heb. 12:2) throne of God”.

 

By Lawrence Abitogun

 

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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