Humility without a trace of hypocrisy.
That’s what set him apart in the moment of his execution.
Instead of offering a blistering, blustering attack on his accusers, he gave fulness of meaning to a song sung by a lesser king.
O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time on and forevermore. Psalm 131
What David never could have anticipated is that the God he was learning to trust is the source of the humility he was learning to express.
Who could have imagined a God who would have considered it his honor— to humble himself to the pain, nakedness, and public scorn it took— to show how far he would go to put our interests ahead of his own.