But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Humble saints cannot think so well of themselves as others think of them. - The psalmist aimed at nothing high or great, but to be content in every condition God allotted. --Solomon Gesner. Psalm 137:4 "How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a strange land?" The psalm emphasizes the word `weaned.'" A song of ascents. The psalmist's humility. Whole Psalm. My eyes aren’t proud either. In Psalm 131, then, the psalmist declares his humility by testifying to the lowness of his heart and eyes. 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. Of David. But the LORD is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.” May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame. Just as in the following Psalm we hear a like form of asseveration: "If I will come into the tabernacle of my house", meaning "I will not come", etc. I don’t concern myself with important matters. Instead of talking about power and wealth and fame, Psalm 131 is all about humility and contentment. The song they were trying to get them to sing was a song that had been part of the worship service of the temple. As a “Song of Ascents,” Psalm 131 may have been used either by pilgrims going to Jerusalem or by Levites as they went up the steps of the Temple. Psalm 130: The first four words of this psalm would form an appropriate title: “Out of the depths”, and that is the title by which it is known in Latin (De Profundis). Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long. Deep down inside me, I … The love of God reigning in the heart, will subdue self-love. Commentary for Psalms 131 . That is not the meaning at all. Psalm 131:1. A song of ascents. 1 Lord, my heart isn’t proud. I have behaved and quieted myself , as a child that is weaned. Where there is a proud heart there is commonly a proud look. “How shall we sing”: A rhetorical question whose answer is, “We can’t!” “The LORD’s song”: A unique way to refer to divine inspiration of the psalms. I don’t concern myself with things that are too wonderful for me. The big surprise when we come to Psalm 131 is that this is a psalm of triumph, but God’s triumph looks a lot different than the world’s triumph. We agree with Kidner that the RSV `goofed' in their rendition of this figure thus, "Like a child quieted at its mother's breast." 2 I have made myself calm and content like a young child in its mother’s arms. Lord, my heart is not haughty — Lifted up with that pride of which I am accused, as thou, the searcher of all hearts, knowest; nor mine eyes lofty — Either to look with envy on those that are above me, or with disdain on those that are below me. Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore. "Like a weaned child" (Psalms 131:2). Believers encouraged to trust in God. Psalm 130 is a Song of Forgiveness; Psalm 131 is a Song of Humility: the former celebrates the blessedness of the man whose transgressions are pardoned, the latter celebrates the blessedness of the man who is of a meek and lowly spirit. “They have greatly oppressed me from my youth,” let Israel say; “they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me. A psalm of David. Verse 2 . Forgiveness should humble us. And so even though this is a Psalm of Ascent, Psalm 131 teaches us that the way up is actually down. This is the initial position of the psalmist as he offers his petition to the Lord for deliverance (verse 1-4).