Psalm 131 simple life, quiet soul, humility

Psalm 131

My heart is not proud, Lord,
    my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
    or things too wonderful for me.

But I have calmed and quieted myself,
    I am like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child I am content.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord
    both now and forevermore.

Whatever the occasion was, this short psalm is a beautiful denial of pride, arrogance, and selfish ambition. “It is one of the shortest Psalms to read, but one of the longest to learn. It speaks of a young child, but it contains the experience of a man in Christ.” 

Charles Spurgeon

The line that gets me in this psalm is, “I do not concern myself with great matters
    or things too wonderful for me.”
How wonderful to have such a simple life. Remember this is a king. This psalm is written by King David who started out as just a shepherd boy. He would have been well versed in many things such as keeping sheep, tending the land, politics, government, and law. He also was the commander of an Army. He knew what it meant to stand before giants, lead men into battle and fight against armies. He was also a husband and a father. So this was a man who knew much. But here he says, “I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.” Perhaps he had learned he can not figure or fix everything. Maybe he came to understand that somethings just will never make sense and some things just have to be left alone. He learned he is not God! That is what humility will do to us. It causes us to know the truth that God is God and we are not. We learn to be calm and quiet our noisy souls and hearts. We learn to put our hope in the Lord.

Father, I humble myself before you. I repent of any pride in me. Let me not wear eyes that flash haughtiness or angry eye brows when I think I am right. Help me to be full of humility and willing to be wrong. Let me be a person who is calm on the inside and quiet in soul. There maybe much that I know but I do not know everything ,therefore Lord, let me not concern myself with things to wonderful for me. Let me be content to be what you have created me to be. I put my hope in you Lord. I pray for all those who are struggling to be something they are not. Hustling and pushing and failing. Father, draw them with your love and show them how you created them. How you made them intricately woven in the depths to be a vessel fit for their Maker. Lord separate them from the need to strive to be something, to be seen by someone. Let their hearts become satisfied by the eyes of one who loves them. They don’t have to push or fret. They can simply be all that you created them to be.

Thanks for praying and listening,

Starla

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