131:0King David had many enemies. He was a strong soldier. He was a powerful man and he had many servants. But he did not think that he was better or more important than other people. This psalm tells us that. The notes on Psalm 120-134 in this set of psalms explain ‘song for climbing.’
I am Like a Little Child
This is a song for climbing by David.
1 LORD, my heart is not proud, neither are my eyes proud.
I do not try to do things that are too important for me.
I do not try to do things that are too hard for me.
131:1Verse 1: David's thoughts were not proud. ‘Proud’ means ‘to think that I am more important than I really am.’ ‘LORD’ is a special name for God. It is his covenant name. A covenant is when people agree to do something. Here, God agrees to send help to his people. They agree to love and obey him.
2 Really, I have made myself calm and I have become quiet.
I am like a young child with its mother.
Yes, I am like a young child with its mother.
131:2Verse 2: David was quiet and calm. ‘Calm’ means ‘not angry.’ He was like a young child with its mother.
3 Israel, put your hope in the LORD, now and always.
131:3Verse 3: Some Bible students think that David did not write verse 3. Someone else wrote it, so that everybody could use the psalm. When Christians read this psalm, Israel can mean ‘God's people.’