Psalm 131 Commentary

Psalm 131 Commentary

When David killed Goliath, he became a national hero. He was a well-respected army general. As a shepherd boy, David had incredible experiences with the sheep. Of course, he became the leader of God’s people but not until numerous near-death experiences while on the run from an enraged King Saul.

Yet it is in the quietness of his soul, away from these great experiences, that David finds his peace in the LORD.

There is pride that is imposed on us by the titles that we hold. Probably age, the color of skin, height, intelligence, skill, money, or gender would have its own layer of sophistication on the saint. David leaves all of this behind. He is simply David in the presence of the LORD – a child at his mother’s breast. Content. Trusting. Secure.

Breast milk is not T-bone but it is a complete meal for a David in his mother’s arms – something to ponder.

“I’ve cultivated a quiet heart,” he says. “I have kept my feet on the ground,” he adds. No fantasized grandiose plans. He won’t concern himself with great matters. It is a decision he makes. He has defined the word closet for us today. You have not closed the door to your prayer room if titles, big projects, complaints, and worries find their way into your prayers. Again, here is something to ponder.

The story of David is often read in isolation from the great prophet Samuel’s time as Judge. Or independent of the times of the other Judges that ruled Israel like Samson. This disconnect forces us to miss the fact that David also worked under the power of the Spirit of God just like Samson. It is under this kind of anointing that David killed both the bear and the lion when they attacked his sheep at different times.

These spiritual achievements regardless, David is simply a child at his mother’s breast; content, secure, and trusting. Let not the gifts from the LORD elevate you above the simple trust in the simple care of the LORD.

The message to the Body of Christ is this: “put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.”

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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