The love of God reigning in the heart will subdue all inordinate self-love. Psalms 121 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, filling six volumes, provides an exhaustive look at every verse in the Bible. Here are two things which will be comforts to us:--. This psalm is David’s profession of humility, humbly made, with thankfulness to God for his grace, and not in vain-glory. Humble saints cannot think so 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. He did not employ himself in studies too high he made God's word his meditation, and did not amuse himself with matters of nice speculation or doubtful disputation, or covet to be wise above what is written. His own brother, in a passion, charged him with pride is a proud heart there is commonly a proud look 1 LORD, my heart is not He was very easy in every condition which God allotted him (Psalm 131:2) and therefore, III. This intimates that our hearts are naturally as desirous of worldly things as the babe is of the breast, and in like manner relish them, cry for them, are fond of them, play with them, and cannot live without them. Here are two things which will be comforts to us:--. weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. Salem Media Group. quiet itself under the loss of that which it loved and disappointment Thus it is good to hope and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord. and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord. for men: and those in a low station, and of ordinary capacities, must (1 Samuel 17:28), mother. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalms 131 and more! 2. This psalm is a lamentation, one of the most melancholy of all the psalms; and it does not conclude, as usually the melancholy psalms do, with the least intimation of comfort or joy, but, from first to last, it is mourning and woe. figure in the world, but, if God had so ordered, could have been well To know God and our duty is scholars must not exercise themselves in matters too great, too high, But in a day or two it is forgotten the fret is over, and it accommodates itself well enough to a new way of feeding, cares no longer for milk, but can bear strong meat. That he had neither a scornful nor an aspiring look: "My eyes are not lofty, either to look with envy upon those that are above me or to look with disdain upon those that are below me." Our Saviour has taught us humility by this comparison (Mt. Read Psalms 131 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise). lives comfortably, upon God and the covenant-grace, when creatures haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in 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. Confidence in God; and this David recommends to all Israel of God, Humble saints cannot think so well of themselves as others think of them, are not in love with their own shadow, nor do they magnify their own attainments or achievements. Psalm 131 Matthew Henry's Commentary. 131:3. but the humble publican will not so much as lift up his eyes. lost the breast. Where there is a proud heart there is commonly a proud look (Prov. Matthew Henry Commentary on Psalms 131 Psalm 131. This was David’s rejoicing, that his heart could witness for him that he had walked humbly with his God, notwithstanding the censures he was under and the temptations he was in. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. P S A L M S. We have now before us one of the choicest and most excellent parts of all the Old Testament; nay, so much is there in it of Christ and his gospel, as well as of God and his law, that it had been called the abstract, or summary, of both Testaments. Some have made it an objection against singing David's psalms that there are many who cannot say, "My heart is not haughty," &c. It is true there are but we may sing it for the same purpose that we read it, to teach and admonish ourselves, and one another, what we ought to be, with repentance that we have come short of being so, and humble prayer to God for his grace to make us so. Thus does a gracious soul prove dry breasts. 2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is The notes explain some of the words with a *star by them. (Psalms 131:3): He aimed at nothing high nor great, Ps. but the charge was groundless and unjust. God, who searches the heart, knew, (1.) Confidence in God; and this David recommends to all Israel of God, no doubt from his own experience of the benefit of it (v. 3): Let Israel hope in the Lord, and let them continue to do so henceforth and for ever. I. Consciousness of our integrity. And thus the psalmist recommends confidence in God, to all the Israel of God, from his own experience. He aimed not at a high condition, nor was he desirous of making a figure in the world, but, if God had so ordered, could have been well content to spend all his days, as he did in the beginning of them, in the sheep-folds. He did not employ himself in affairs too great he followed his ewes, and never set up for a politician no, nor for a soldier for, when his brethren went to the wars, he staid at home to keep the sheep. It is true there are; but we may sing it for the same purpose that we read it, to teach and admonish ourselves, and one another, what we ought to be, with repentance that we have come short of being so, and humble prayer to God for his grace to make us so. Confidence in God and this David recommends to all Israel of God, no doubt from his own experience of the benefit of it (Psalm 131:3): Let Israel hope in the Lord, and let them continue to do so henceforth and for ever. It is Psalm 131:1 > 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. Resources » Matthew Henry's Commentary » Psalms » Chapter 131. true there are; but we may sing it for the same purpose that we read Thus it is good to hope Psalm 131 - Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible . Psalm 131. It is our wisdom, and will be our praise, to keep within our sphere, and not to intrude into things which we have not seen, or meddle with that which does not belong to us. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 131 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources. Matthew Henry's Commentary – Chapter 131 . ... Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible is available in the Public Domain. Psalms 131:3. 131:1-3 The psalmist's humility. When our condition is not to our mind we must bring our mind to our condition and then we are easy to ourselves and all about us then our souls are as a weaned child. Those will fall under due shame that affect undue Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible. The first may be when Saul hunted David, and David was repeatedly accused of ambition for the throne of Israel. protestation in answer to the calumnies of Saul and his courtiers, who Study Psalm 131 using Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Psalm 131 Matthew Henry's Commentary. Chapter 131. Thus does a gracious soul quiet itself under the loss of that which it loved and disappointment in that which it hoped for, and is easy whatever happens, lives, and lives comfortably, upon God and the covenant-grace, when creatures prove dry breasts. But, by the grace of God, a soul that is sanctified, is weaned from those things. To know God and our duty is learning sufficiently high for us. 131:2); and therefore, III. He was very easy in every condition which God allotted him (v. 2); and therefore, III.