Psalm 131 is another brief Psalm being only one verse more than Psalm 117 which is the shortest chapter in the Bible. And in verse 1 the psalmist declares, “Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or things too high for me.
Our versification helps us understand this when it says:
Not haughty is my heart,
Not lofty is my pride;
I do not seek to know the things
God’s wisdom has denied.
The things “too high for me” are things God’s wisdom had denied him knowledge of in this life. And to be haughty and proud is to act and think that we know better than God what ought to happen.
How about it? Were you fully satisfied with what God did yesterday? Are you willing to leave all things up to Him today? We must bow before His will. We do, without much thought, often pray, “Thy will be done,” but only a few minutes later we are so apt to pray that He will change things to satisfy our plans and ambitions.
Yet when God performs works which we do not under-stand, we should go in our thoughts to the cross of Christ. Many devout children of God stood around that cross wondering why it had to happen and wishing it had not taken place. But after the day of Pentecost they understood; and so do we.
There are those events that we call accidents. There are works of God that touch our families and lives and seem to deny His love and make us question His wisdom. But by all means do not in haughtiness and pride think for one moment that you could have run the world better, or ordered in greater wisdom the things in your life. Be sure that all God’s works are wrought in inscrutable wisdom. Never did He make a mistake. Never did things slip out of His control.
There are things too high for us. But in childlike meek-ness leave all things in God’s hands. He knows the best means and the best way to fulfill all His promises to us. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Read: Romans 8:28-39
Psalter versification: 366:1
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.