A high-minded person is someone who is marked by elevated principles and feelings. In our Bible passage today, David’s declaration to the Lord is that his “heart is not haughty” nor his “eyes lofty”.
To be haughty is to be proud or show an attitude of superiority and contempt for people. Loftiness is to have an elevated character and spirit.
Usually, a high-minded person is not honoured by the Lord. God resist the proud (James 4:6).
In Psl. 24:3-5, the Bible says:
“Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”
It is the blessing of God that makes a man rich and adds no sorrow to it. Pride is what makes a man depends on his abilities to get him all he would ever want or need in life. It takes humility to pray. Prayer shows the realization of the fact that who you are and what you have is of God and it is also a show of your dependence on the ability of God to be able to give you all you need. (Jeremiah 29:11).
God expects us to have a childlike dependence on him. A child will never worry about what to eat or what to wear like an adult would. Children just believe that there shall be provision (Matthew 6:27-32). This is an act of total dependence on the ability of their parents to make provisions for them. A child can wake up in the morning and say it is noodles he wants to eat without regard to whether it is readily available or not. He just wants to eat noodles.
God expects us to be contented with whatever he gives to us and wherever he places just like a little baby. However you carry a baby, the baby will remain there. The worst the baby can do is cry.
Many persons because of high-mindedness have left the presence of the Lord to seek that which they desire rather than crying to God like a little baby.
The aftermath of a high-minded person:
1. God distance himself from them (Psl. 101:5. Psl.s 138:6)
2. They are eventually put to shame and relegated (Job 40:11-12)
3. Their homes (property) in which their confidence is based destroys eventually (Prov. 15:25)
4. They lost their soul (Luke 12:19-20)
It is okay to aim high or have high targets. However, this desire should not be at the expense of our love for God and our “neighbour”. We should never trust in ourselves or in our possession. Our trust should be in the LORD our God. (Psl. 131:3).
Father, I ask for the grace to be humble in Jesus' name