Imagine, for a minute, a large banquet hall with a king sitting at one end and all the guests being seated according to their status. Proverbs 25:6-7 gives some words of wisdom about how to handle yourself at this type of function. “Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men : For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.” I don’t ever see myself sitting myself at a kings table ever in my life, but the principles set forth in this passage are applicable in ordinary daily lives.
As a music director I have had the opportunity to work with many wonderfully, talented and godly musicians. At times there are solo opportunities for musicians and I’ll get a volunteer who should not be volunteering. I’m not trying to sound rude, but if they can’t play their instrument or hold a tune, for their embarrassment (and mine) they should not be placed in such a position where they’ll be exposed and vulnerable as a solo would make them. There have been though, on occasion, those who volunteer and because of lack of ability I’ve had to ask them not to participate. It’s definitely an awkward position to be in for all involved.
This proverb is trying to teach us to be humble, to be self aware of our strengths and weakness, and to be a person of substance so when called upon, we can excel. The focus is on the inward. Be a person of character, sit in a lowly position, but be prepared to be elevated for the Master’s use in His time.