9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
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I would say that it not only "helps" to be humble, but it is an absolutely essential prerequisite in order to achieve a proper relationship with God. It is only through humility that we can recognize our utterly lost state in God's eyes, and our total inability to remedy it, apart from faith in Christ. As long as we maintain an orientation of pride (the opposite of humility), we will always be looking down on others, and (as C.S. Lewis said in his writings on pride -- which he called "The Great Sin" -- in his book Mere Christianity) if you are always looking down, it is impossible to see and acknowledge something that is infinitely above you (that is, God). Aside from allowing a proper relationship with God, humility also allows a person to be of maximum usefulness and value to God in displaying His love in our actions toward othe people, rather than offending or estranging them because of projecting an air of superiority or condescension toward them. I would also say that (as the psalmist pointed out in the verse cited in the question) the Christian life is meant to be a lifelong process of learning how to become more like Christ, and that those who humbly recognize their need for such continuing instruction are more useful to God than those who pridefully think that they already "know it all", and have no need of further insight.
I like the outline of the benefits of being meek. These are divine promises! ‘The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way’ Psalm 25:9 ‘Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth’ Matthew 5:5 ‘ I am meek and lowly in heart’ Matthew 11:29 1 Shall be satisfied Psalm 22:26 2 Shall be guided Psalm 25:9 3 Shall be taught Psalm 25:9 4 Shall have inheritance Psalm 37:11 5 Shall be saved Psalm 76:9 6 Shall be lifted up Psalm 147:6 7 Shall be beautified Psalm 149:4 J.M.H.
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