Psalm 131: Simple Trust
song of ascents. Of David.
Comments: In this twelfth very short psalm of ascents
[and they mostly seem to be getting shorter], attributed now to
David, with language we very much associate with David's heart,
the psalm comes in simple humility to be stilled and quiet in
the Lord's presence. It is like a brief pause in the progress
upward in order to declare our smallness before Almighty God.]
psalmist abases himself before God.
heart is not proud, Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
He comes to a place of stillness before the Lord, in childlike
I have calmed and quietened myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
call to his people is to simply place all expectation down before
put your hope in the Lord
both now and for evermore.
Comments: Sometimes in simplicity the truth shines through.
Here, in this progress up to the Lord's presence, the pilgrim
pauses to acknowledge in humility their simple trust in the Lord,
putting all else aside. He focuses on nothing but the Lord.]
to Psa 132