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A Humble Heart

“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” (Psalm 131:1, ESV).


This Song of Ascents by the great King David is only three verses long: enough space for a single tender thought, and a single exhortation to trust. The psalmist speaks of his humble heart (v.1), compares it to the peace of a child at rest with his mother (v.2), and calls on God’s people to trust in the Lord (v.3). Strange it may seem to find the king of Israel reflecting on his smallness and inadequacy to great matters; but, when it comes to the truly great matters, we are all small.

Take comfort in the greatness of God. It can be a remarkable focus of peace to remember that we are small, if we remember also that God is great. We are to walk faithfully and humbly before Him, to carry out the task He has given us, to seek understanding—but all this in the faith of a child, resting in God’s almighty care and supreme wisdom.

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