Have No Pride: Chapter 131
I was absolutely floored when I opened up my Bible to study these chapters in Psalms. I had recently been looking at blog prompts and I looked long and hard at one that pertained to “pride.”
Not the kind that makes you stand tall and feel proud of yourself. No, I was thinking more along the lines of prideful that the Bible speaks of as preceding destruction (Proverbs 16:18).
And then we get to Psalm 131. Three short verses long… along me to share them here:
(Vs. 1) LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. (Vs. 2) Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned off of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. (Vs. 3) Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever.
Quieting oneself doesn’t seem to have anything to do with “pride” does it? Ah, but it does!
In reality, it’s easier to do a multitude of things than it is to quiet ourselves. Disquieted hearts, minds, and mouths are some of the things that seem to spew forth without any teaching at all. So to deflect from self is a means of selflessness. Not selfishness nor pride.
Some think that it was Solomon, not David, that authored this Psalm. And the language is strong. It begs the commitment to both worship and God’s Kingdom, while asking that God “remember David.”
I think it’s interesting to note that “Ephratah” is another name for “Bethlehem” as you can read in Genesis 48:7. David had lived there, and according to this recollection, first heard of the habitation of God.
And then they found it “in the fields of the wood.”
Care for the House of God
Verse Psalm 132:4-5 speaks to the fact that David will have no rest until there is a place for the Lord. He doesn’t mince words either! He lays it all out there and by reading it for yourself, you can plainly see exactly how serious he is about this matter.
David had not been happy about the fact that God had no “home”, and I wrote an entire blog post about that some time ago. You can read that here:
Can you imagine what this world would be like if we ALL had the same concern? Or even if society, in any comparable number, cared at ALL about the things of God, His Word, His House, His nature. Perhaps we might not see the abundance of evil that floods our streets, hearts, minds, and more.
I noticed something else as I read on through this Psalm. Look at the action words you’ll find from verse 6 on:
- “We heard…”
- “We found…”
- “We will go…”
- “We will worship…”
Each phrase denotes an action. But more than that, it denotes an action in “degrees.” First you hear. Then you find. Next, is the actual going. And, of course, you cannot find and go to Him without then worshiping!
Oh, that we could see that again in this day and age! That people’s hearts would be pricked, as they were in Acts chapter 2! But even more so, that there would be people BOLD ENOUGH to answer the clarion call when it comes: What must we do?!
Closing with Honor and Promise
Verse 12 talks about the stipulation of the blessing and the promise. If the children would keep the covenant… they would sit on the throne forever more.
What a precious promise, amen?! That He would dwell with them, bless them, satisfy them, and clothe them with salvation. And what’s more, that their enemies would be clothed with shame, against a flourishing crown.
If that doesn’t give us something to shout about, we might need to pray, and then sit down and read it again.
Because, “…we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.” (Galatians 4:28).
Have you ever thought about the difference… the VAST DIFFERENCE… between the Bible times and the times in which we now find ourselves?
In those days, those who believed in and followed God, did so with their whole hearts. On the other hand, when they fell from grace, they often fell hard! But can you just imagine… if even a percentage of the world’s population read and believed?
It’s spoken of so many times in the Word… that future generations should look back on the writings… to find help, encouragement, and hope. That should be a prayer of ours. That people would return to trusting in God that way again.
Lord Jesus, I come before Your Throne right now, asking You to ignite a new zeal in Your people! Create a hunger in response to the famine that we are all experiencing! Create a ravishing thirst for the Water that will and does spring up like Living Waters from our belly! In the night watches, set Your Spirit in front of us and cause us to see what it is You’re trying to get us to learn… to pray about… to read… to glean. Lord, don’t let us fester like an open wound in this place. Remind us of the Ephesian believers, living in the midst of sin and turmoil all around them. Remind us of the Corinthian brothers and sisters, and all that they had to contend with. Remind us, even now, of the believers overseas, in places where they are beaten, maimed, and KILLED for clinging to Your Truth! I ask it in the mighty Name of Jesus, Amen!