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Bible Commentaries

Henry's Complete Commentary on the Bible

Psalms 131



This psalm is David's profession of humility, humbly made, with thankfulness to God for his grace, and not in vain-glory. It is probable enough that (as most interpreters suggest) David made this protestation in answer to the calumnies of Saul and his courtiers, who represented David as an ambitious aspiring man, who, under pretence of a divine appointment, sought the kingdom, in the pride of his heart. But he appeals to God, that, on the contrary, I. He aimed at nothing high nor great, Psalms 131:1. II. He was very easy in every condition which God allotted him (Psalms 131:2); and therefore, III. He encourages all good people to trust in God as he did, Psalms 131:3. 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.

Verses 1-3

Humble Confidence.

II. Confidence in God; and this David recommends to all Israel of God, no doubt from his own experience of the benefit of it (Psalms 131:3; Psalms 131:3): Let Israel hope in the Lord, and let them continue to do so henceforth and for ever. Though David could himself wait patiently and quietly for the crown designed him, yet perhaps Israel, the people whose darling he was, would be ready to attempt something in favour of him before the time; and therefore endeavours to quiet them too, and bids them hope in the Lord that they should see a happy change of the face of affairs in due time. Thus it is good to hope and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord.

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Henry, Matthew. "Complete Commentary on Psalms 131". "Henry's Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/mhm/psalms-131.html. 1706.