Psalm 131 is this little Psalm of David that is only 3 verses. I love the simple message of this Psalm. This is also one of the Psalms that Jewish families would sing on their way to Jerusalem for one of the 3 annual feast pilgrimages. So it would have been very familiar, or in today’s terms it was a definite top 40 worship song. It says, ‘1 A song for the ascent to Jerusalem. A psalm of David. LORD, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or awesome for me. 2 But I have stilled and quieted myself, just as a small child is quiet with its mother. Yes, like a small child is my soul within me. 3 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD – now and always.’
Here is David, a mighty warrior that was claimed to have slain tens of thousands in battle, challenging us to be like a little baby resting on his mothers chest. One thing that is definite about a little baby resting on his mother’s chest is that he hasn’t a care in the world. He is not stressed out about how the bills are going to get paid, what they’re going to have for dinner, how they’re going to coordinate their busy schedule, etc. He just simply rests and trusts in his mom and dad. This Psalm reminds us that God is God and we are not. There are personal responsiblities and loads that we are meant to carry and that God has entrusted to us. Let’s do those well. There are also loads, worries and cares that are beyond our control and bigger than us. Let’s trust God with those and rest like that little baby upon His chest.