Pride deceives the human heart. It stops the search for God and blinds the eyes to reality. Pride makes a fool think that he is wise, as a grasshopper might think it’s a giant. Pride tells a man that he is good when his heart is desperately wicked, and that he is right when the entire world can see that he is wrong. It is the root of the tree of self-righteousness. Thank God for His Law! It strips a man of the deceit of pride and humbles him by showing him the truth.
“The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts” (Psalm 10:4).