High and Low


When I was a kid, my dad and I used to play a game called “Long and Short” (I have learned since that some call it “21”).  It is a basketball shooting contest in which each shooter takes a long shot (ten feet or further from the basket) and then a short shot (less than ten feet from the basket).  If you made your long shot, you scored two points; if you made your short shot, you scored one; if you made both shots, you scored a total of four points and got to keep shooting.  The first person to a score of exactly 21 points was the winner.

As I read Psalm 138:6, I am reminded of the name of this game because the proper relationship with Jehovah on high is found in being low.  Hence, David writes: “Though the Lord is on high, yet He regards the lowly; but the proud He knows from afar>’

Now, your relationship with God is not a game to be played.  It is not like the one my dad and I spent countless hours playing in the waning minutes of an Indiana twilight; rather, it is a sobering responsibility.

Because Jehovah is on high, I ought to live in lowly self-regard—being poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3), clothed with humility (1 Peter 5:5), doing nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind, esteeming others better than myself (Philippians 2:3).

High and low.  God and me.  That is the long and short of the matter.

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