Commentary for Psalms 131

The psalmist's humility. Believers encouraged to trust in God.

- The psalmist aimed at nothing high or great, but to be content in every condition God allotted. Humble saints cannot think so well of themselves as others think of them. The love of God reigning in the heart, will subdue self-love. Where there is a proud heart, there is commonly a proud look. To know God and our duty, is learning sufficiently high for us. It is our wisdom not to meddle with that which does not belong to us. He was well reconciled to every condition the Lord placed him in. He had been as humble as a little child about the age of weaning, and as far from aiming at high things; as entirely at God's disposal, as the child at the disposal of the mother or nurse. We must become as little children, #Mt 18:3|. Our hearts are desirous of worldly things, cry for them, and are fond of them; but, by the grace of God, a soul that is made holy, is weaned from these things. The child is cross and fretful while in the weaning; but in a day or two it cares no longer for milk, and it can bear stronger food. Thus does a converted soul quiet itself under the loss of what it loved, and disappointments in what it hoped for, and is easy whatever happens. When our condition is not to our mind, we must bring our mind to our condition; then we are easy to ourselves and all about us; then our souls are as a weaned child. And thus the psalmist recommends confidence in God, to all the Israel of God, from his own experience. It is good to hope, and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord under every trial.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 131

  • Vanessa on Psalms 131
    stay humble, be not a proud boaster, and always have Hope in the Lord
  • Thankfulness - in Reply on Psalms 131
    Very True Vanessa, Wordly or fleshy pride is the pits but as the Scriptures below confirm and I'm sure you will agree, we do need to take Pride or Glory in who we are and for others in Christ Jesus or we will minanise and ignore how Wonderful it is and not give Heartfelt Thanks to Him. Gal6:4-2Cor5:12-27- 2Cor7:4-Jas1:9. Blessings for Christ-mas and the New Year.
  • I am - in Reply on Psalms 131
    Nay. Pride is of Satan, contrary to the meekness and lowliness of Christ. The anointing of my Holy Father teaches that it is impossible for the proud to be thankful, even fruitful to GOD, for he receives not the gifts of GOD. For pride is to praise thine own self, not GOD. It is written, The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
  • Godly Differances - in Reply on Psalms 131
    True I am, wordly pride or fleshy glory in how great we think we are is very much Satan's focus but the Scriptures confirm we are to have Godly Pride or Glory in who we are in Christ Jesus and others too because without Him we are all nothing But it seems some don't know the difference between what is Earthly or Spirital like with God's Love Joy Peace Wisdom and Pride and so there reject His too.
  • I am - in Reply on Psalms 131
    For the very lie ye now speak, it is written in the Holy Scriptures, Now we call the proud happy: yea, they that work wickedness are set up: yea, THEY THAT tempt God are even delivered. Verily I tell ye, Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: And I will punish the world for THEIR evil, and the wicked for their iniquity: and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease.
  • I am - in Reply on Psalms 131
    My Holy Father teaches me that man must lose all pride to be fruitful in Christ and to be thankful to GOD. Pride has no place in Christ Jesus as pride is contrary to the meekness and lowliness in Christ's heart. For it is written of Christ, I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just: because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me.
  • Vanessa - in Reply on Psalms 131
    Amen! God bless you and Merry Christmas, Happy new years and may others come to know the Lord this year, and be thankful with a grateful heart
  • Obbie Beal on Psalms 131
    Verse 3. Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever... 2020 this prayer is still ..., ..., because of the work of JESUS, EMANUEL, CHRIST, therefore we all have hope available to us, if we are willing to accept it. HOPE that is built on nothing less than JOHN 3:16.


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