Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked drive me away. (Psalm 36:11, NKJV)
Psalm 36 gives us a contrast of the wickedness of man up against the righteousness of God. Man in of himself is wicked. Only through the working of the Holy Spirit can a man become other than wicked (see Philippians 3:17 – 4:1). When we submit to the Holy Spirit the following will take place in our lives:
When we come to Christ we are cleansed of our sins (2 Peter 1:9; Acts 15:9; and Hebrews 10:2)
A new life has begun (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15; and 2 Corinthians 3:6)
The sanctification process begins (1 Thessalonians 4:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Corinthians 1:30; and Romans 6:19-22)
We are transformed into being poor in spirit as we present our bodies as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2)
The old man is to be killed (Romans 6:6 and 11; Ephesians 4:20-24; Colossians 3:9)
And replace the old man with the new man (Ephesians 4:20-24; Colossians 3:10; Romans 6:11)
The foot of pride. Pride is the enemy. Pride is the self in all its selfishness – a life lived to please itself is contrary to the life that pleases God. Walking in pride makes us tools for the Enemy of our souls. The contrary is also true: walking in poorness of spirit allows us to be used of God to defeat the Enemy and his schemes of trying to trap us in or walk with the Lord. The foot of pride leads to much evil as seen in Psalm 10:2; Psalm 12:3-5; Psalm 119:51, 69, 85, 122; Psalm 123:3-4; Isaiah 51:23; and Dan 4:37 to name a few. Matthew Henry expressed this thought when he said, “Gracious souls, though still desiring more of God, never desire more than God.” The foot of pride desires things that are self-oriented and outside the will of God, which leads to trampling underfoot the will of God in the believer’s life. The foot of pride desires to stamp us out of God’s perfect will for us. There is deadly combat going on. We have a choice of wills set before us and one is bent on destruction. The foot of pride wants to destroy us for all eternity while the hand of God wants to preserve us to complete His will for His glory and for our eternal benefit. The conquering Enemy should not be allowed to win and trample us underfoot. We must forever keep Romans 12:1-2 in plain view,
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (NASB)
The foot of pride needs to be put upon the altar and sacrificed. The will of our spirit is to be replaced with the will of His Spirit. This is poor in spirit.
Unleash your raging anger; look on every proud person and humiliate him. Look on every proud person and humble him; trample the wicked where they stand. (Job 40:11-12, HCSB)
But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. (Ephesians 4:20-24, NASB)
Read the following passages of Scripture and note how the foot of pride leads to much evil and set your direction upon the Father who through His Spirit will lead you into the life of becoming poor in spirit: Psalm 10:2; Psalm 12:3-5; Psalm 119:51, 69, 85, 122; Psalm 123:3-4; Isaiah 51:23; and Daniel 4:37.