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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Presumptuous

Psalm 19:13 stopped me short this morning.  I wondered – it is interesting that, as many times as I have read this Psalm I haven’t wondered before – what exactly presumptuous sin might be.  I looked up the word, it is variously translated in the old testament:
  • Arrogance
  • Pride
  • Presumption
What does presumption look like?  Thoughts at DTTB.
So the question becomes when am I arrogant and in what domains?  Where does pride emerge in my life?  When do I presume – I needed more help so I looked up the word in a dictionary…

“Overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy); taking liberties.”

When have I pushed beyond the place the relationship will bear?  When have I taken liberties with a person that I have not earned?

As I think through my behavior I can identify far too many instances when I have done all of these things.

Lord keep back thy servant from presumptive sins!

1 comment:

  1. Very helpful definitions, and piercingly applicable. I think of Peter in Matthew 16, rebuking the Lord (!) with, "Not so, Lord; this shall never happen to you!" He had this attributed to being a mouthpiece for the devil!

    It's easy to see how this was WAY out of bounds. But how many times have I done something similar, to a brother (or sister) or worse, as Peter to the Lord? I shall never know all, but may the frequency diminish!

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