Psalm 149:4 (NKJV)
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.
What does humility really mean? This psalm goes on to describe mighty exploits that would be performed by the meek, including executing judgment and taking kings captive. That is not what I envision when I think of meekness or humility.
But could it be that this trait is tied more closely to motive rather than action? To the heart instead of what we see demonstrated? Humility says that God is my source, He is the power, and I am merely a conduit. Certainly humility is the antithesis to pride. Meekness means I will obey WHATEVER He calls me to do. I will not take glory for results, nor shame for endings that do not go the way I hoped. Further, I will not allow my views to sway what God has called me to do. I will not be diverted in any way from his purpose in my life. I will humbly surrender myself, to shine forth Him.
Humility is encapsulated in this verse: “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30, NKJV)