The Psalms

Psalm 131 Trust In The LORD.

The psalmist expresses his desire not to think too highly of himself. He does not say that he is junk, he expresses the desire to have a right assessment of himself (v. 1). Our self worth does not come from comparing ourselves to others, it comes from being the people God has gifted and called each of us to be. “Let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.” (Gal. 6:4-5). ‘Lofty’ carries the idea of arrogance. The saints should think otherwise of ourselves. “Do not be wise in your own opinion.” (Rom. 12:16). Calming and quieting one’s soul is a healthy and necessary exercise (v. 2). Furthermore, the secret to kingdom life is to approach the LORD as a child in need. “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 18:3). However, it is also important to be mature in one’s thinking (Cf. I Cor. 14:20). Part of having a mature understanding is not thinking too highly of oneself. Therefore, it is all the more important that we place our hope in the LORD and not in ourselves (v. 3 Cf. Ps. 130:7).

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