9 As for me, I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob,
10 who says, “I will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.” Psalm 75:9-10
The Lord really does not like the proud. He obviously sees it as a huge weakness. Perhaps it’s important to differentiate between the types of pride in our society. Very likely what is labeled pride is merely a modest degree of happiness that something has happened.
For instance, the pride of a parent fits into that category. We say, “you must be proud of your son” is an innocent enough statement. Even a statement by parents at a high school football sporting event that “we are the best” fits into that category as well.
No one would associate either of those cases as conceit or arrogance. It could turn into that but at this point neither are
Where it crosses the line is when pride is considered an inflated sense of a person’s sense of worth. At that point it is affiliated with hubris and arrogance. It no longer is associated with the satisfied feeling that your team won. No, quitely clearly it has crossed the line.
Notable examples of this pride manifest itself daily in our lives:
- we don’t want to pray because we think we don’t need it
- people thumb their noses to God because think they don’t need Him
- most violent crimes committed fall into this category (“What I want trumps anything you want – including your life”),
- the list goes on.
The rest of this verse encourages us that the wicked will have their “day in court,” as will the righteous.