Psalms 131: 1Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. 2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. 3 Let Israel hope in the Lord from henceforth and forever.
This is a song of degrees, a prayer to the Lord. David was a mighty man. He was a brilliant man. In the eyes of others he was an unlikely candidate for king. God gave him what it took. He excelled in many ways. He had his moments, but he had the virtues needed to make a strong leader. He could have patted himself on the back, but he didn’t let it go to his head. He humbled himself and used his knowledge and courage for the Lord. He used the example of a weaned child. He had the right sense of himself. He wrote what was in his heart and let the whole world look in. He knew he couldn’t credit himself. He had a proper attitude toward God. He wasn’t perfect, but he tried to please God. For the most part he was careful of his relationship with God.
When he went into the tabernacle, he sat down. This shows the attitude of a child. I remember sitting at the feet of dad and mom as a child. No matter that David was King or how high people elevated him he wanted to stay low before the Lord. When Saul was successful it went to his head. David learned things by watching Saul. Even though he was King he desired to be a child before the Lord. With so much provocation against us, at times we want to strong arm back at it. God hasn’t called us to a militant stand. We are children of light and should walk in the light.
David didn’t want to have a haughty heart. Haughty means to put yourself higher than you are. The Bible says we deceive ourselves when we think we’re something we’re not. The only one we have to measure ourselves by is God and his will. We can’t set a standard for others to measure up to. If we strive to meet God’s expectations, we’ll please him and measure up to each other. There is too much peer pressure among Christians. We are judged of God; that puts us all in the same basket. David didn’t see himself better than others. He wanted a realistic vision and approach. We tend to overly worry about what we can’t control and too little over what we can change. If we dwell on the problems of our country, we’ll get down and depressed. All we can do is our best with what is in our own life.
Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. Why would David choose this as an example to go by? The weaned child was his teacher. There is a difference between a weaned and un-weaned child. The un-weaned is considered more of a baby and helpless. He can’t feed himself. He can’t talk. David wanted to behave and constrain himself as a weaned child. He wanted to grow and come to the point of doing things. An un-weaned child completely consumes the time of his parents because he needs them. A weaned child will walk and feed himself. God wants us to walk as his children and stand for him. We can run to him for shelter in the time of need. We should feed ourselves. We need preaching and teaching, but we have to personally study the Word of God to grow and show ourselves approved unto God.
Old children generally have chores to do in the home. We used to take turns getting in the coal for the stove. Likewise, we all have a job to do for the Lord. As weaned children we serve him and fulfill our responsibilities. A weaned child can speak and using this example we see that we are to speak for the Lord. He stood and spoke for us when we were weak. I can speak for him now; it’s an honor to bear his name. We have to exercise restraint and put away selfish pride and be the proper child of God.
Because of verses one and two, there is verse three. Let Israel hope in the Lord from henceforth and forever. Hope lies in being the child God wants us to be.