My husband is a real music fan and sometimes while we are going down the road he will pass the time listening to the music of a particular artist, and he also spends time learning more about the artist. A while back he spent some time learning about and listening to an artist named Mac Davis. He was popular in the 1970’s in the country and pop genres of music. He is also famous for writing hit songs that were sung by Elvis Presley. But when I think of Mac Davis, it’s his 1974 hit song “It’s hard to be humble” that instantly pops into my head. Here’s the chorus from the song:
Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble
When you’re perfect in every way
I can’t wait to look in the mirror
Cause I get better looking each day
To know me is to love me
I must be a hell of a man
Oh Lord It’s hard to be humble,
But I’m doing the best that I can
The melody is playing right along in my head, and I’m singing the words along with it. Google it, listen to it. It’s a great parody on how people can let certain success (even minor) go to their heads, and become so obsessed with themselves. I’ve met a few people like that, I don’t like them. I have a few words to describe such people: prideful, arrogant, pretentious, and pompous. None of those words have a positive connotation to me. Suffice it to say that these kind of people are not in my circle of friends. I don’t know too many people who like those who have an over inflated opinion of themselves.
When we look at the story of Esther in the Old Testament of the Bible. I think that Haman’s perfect theme song is “Oh Lord it’s Hard to be Humble.” Read, or re-read, chapters 3-6 in the Book of Esther. Listen to Mac Davis’ song. Can you picture Haman singing the chorus to the song? I certainly can. Only, instead of Mac Davis singing the song in satire, I can see Haman believing in every single word of the chorus. Haman has such an over inflated opinion of himself, that he takes every possible opportunity to self-promote, and also takes great offense when others don’t bow down before him. Such is the case with Mordecai, when Mordecai refuses to bow to Haman, then Haman is incensed. Now it may be because Mordecai is not willing to bow down before anyone other than God, or it may go way back to the ancient feud between Haman’s people and the Israelites. Regardless, it appears that Haman’s blood boils whenever he sees or thinks about Mordecai. Haman becomes incensed and he must get revenge. But it’s not enough to get revenge on Mordecai alone, Haman hatches a plot to wipe out the entire Jewish population in the Persian empire. If you ask me, Haman to me sounds a little like Darth Vader on steriods.
There are plenty of verses in our Bible that point out that behaving like Haman – being arrogant, pompous, pretentious, and prideful are not the way that we should behave. Yet, I contend that at one time or another we will exhibit some of the same characteristics to others. Why? Well perhaps we may have achieved a small amount of success that makes us feel superior, or maybe we have low self-worth, or perhaps we want attention. But, when we seek to be the center of attention, we are putting the focus on us, not on the source of all that is good in the world. When you’re drawing attention to yourself basically, you’re living out the chorus to Oh Lord it’s Hard to be Humble.
If you, like myself, are a Christian, and you are serious about your faith, you’ll need to put yourself, and your ego, on the back burner. You cannot draw attention to, and exhibit, God’s glory, when you’re attempting to be in the spotlight.
Sooner, or later, we all get our just rewards. I want my reward to be hearing my Lord say to me: “Well done, good and faithful servant”
Isaiah 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless. (ESV)
Matthew 25:23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ (ESV)