Elite Humility


Elite Humility by Kirk Hunt


And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.

2 Samuel 23:16 KJV


The courage, daring and skill of the three mighty men is clear.  Their devotion to David cannot be questioned.  Still, what to do with their extravagant gift is a quandary.


David sacrificed the canteen before God.  Drink offerings were a regular part of the Mosaic Law.  As far as David was concerned, that canteen held fluid more precious than anything the Law required.


David’s choice demonstrated something more: David’s humility.  He was humbled by their devotion.  He was humbled by the risks they took.


David responded with grateful worship to God, who had sent these champions.  He also responded with self-denial.  He refused to drink the water, as a gift too precious for common use.


Only a humble man (or woman) would see past the excitement of the moment.  David’s humility demanded that their gift be consumed by some One worthy.  David demonstrated his character, strength and wisdom by refusing what he wanted so badly.


Humility is a sober and measured opinion of your own value.  The bigger you are in God’s Kingdom, the more important your grip on your self-valuation.  David understood the need for humility, and lived it out.  Can you say the same?


Think:            Humility is a strength, and grace, for God’s people.


Pray:              “Lord, help me to live and serve your Kingdom in humility.”



Copyright © April 2013, Kirk Hunt

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