When in Psalm 131:1 David confessed that he is not haughty and his eyes were not lofty, one might be inclined to say that his very words reveal pride and conceit. If you please, he says to God that he is not haughty. He says this to one Who reads the heart and from Whom nothing can be hid. Do not such words then show both pride and ignorance?
His words in the next verse seem to reveal even more pride. For there he states: “Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother. my soul is even as a weaned child” Psalm 131:2. Is that not boasting of what he did, and that before the face of God?
No, David’s reference to a mother reveals his humility. For he is speaking of what state a mother brought her child unto, not what he achieved by his own strength or ingenuity. Rightly understood he confesses here that unto which God brought him. He trusts in God and calmly rests in the assurance that God will take care of him. He has a childlike contentment given to him and worked in Him by God. As our versification sings it:
With childlike trust, O Lord,
In Thee I calmly rest,
Contented as a little child
Upon its mother’s breast.
David is therefore confessing what God did to him. The fact that he begins the Psalm with the word Lord reveals that. The Psalm speaks of a divinely wrought humility, a childlike faith in God. And his use of the pronouns my, mine, myself, me, and I do not reveal pride but are used that he may express what God did to him.
Can you say that with David? Can you humbly say this is true of you as well as it was of David? Are you weaned from your fleshly desires so that you are content with whatever God sends you, assured it works together for your good? And, if you please, David could confess that long before the cross of Christ. Do we not have more reason than he to walk in childlike trust in God? If you cannot walk that way, then pray for the grace to do so.
Read: Psalm 130
Psalter versification: 366:2
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.