Molly was a faithful dog. She stuck close, kept her eyes on me and responded eagerly when I gave her a command. She trusted me. There was a time when she suddenly took off after another dog, running as fast as she could. I called out, “Molly, come!” and she locked her legs in a slide, reversed direction and charged back. Best dog I’ve ever known.
Molly’s faithfulness was also humility. That’s a strange word to apply to a dog – that is, unless you have ever owned a terrier. Terriers are not humble; they think their own ideas are better than yours, But Molly was humble. She trusted what I said was best.
Like David, who, despite his role as King of Israel, displayed the same dual attitude of faith and humility. He wrote:
“For You [God] are my rock and my fortress [faith]; and for Your name’s sake You lead me and guide me [humility]…” (Psalm 31:3 with my added notes in brackets)
In the ultimate statement of faith and humility, David bet his life on God:
“Into Your hand I commit my spirit…” (Psalm 31:5 – quoted by Jesus on the cross)
Faith and humility are two sides of the same coin. You obey God because you trust Him.