Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. – Psalm 138:6
In the song, “Respect,” written and recorded by Otis Redding in 1965 and reimagined to even greater popular acclaim by Aretha Franklin in 1967, the singer is pleading or even demanding respect at home from the one they love. Whether it is Redding’s version or the Franklin version, this famous song addresses a real issue in marriages and relationships generally. We too often fail to appreciate one another properly.
Experts say that generally one of the primary things that women desire is nurturing care while their husbands want honor. Both express the desire for loving respect to the needs of beloved. Without this kind of love and devotion, we cannot expect our families, churches and our community at large to thrive. Disrespected in a demeaning way, we grow angry and resentful.
In biblical terms, this idea of deference to others and especially God are paramount. “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3). Furthermore, David wrote, “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit” (Psalm 34:18). God expresses tender mercy and care while also honoring His children who humbly seek Him.
The Scriptures say that God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), but rather He considers the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). Only God knows us this most intimate of ways, and He does not judge us based on our wealth or station. In modern terms, the Lord “respects” the humble and devoted child. Stay humble my friends.