This Sunday, we are reflecting on Psalm 131, which is just three verses long. Charles Spurgeon wrote of Psalm 131: “it is one of the shortest Psalms to read, but one of the longest to learn.” It deals with the theme of humility: we are not to have an exaggerated sense of our own importance and grow conceited. Psalm 131 correlates a humble attitude with a contented soul. The psalmist says, “I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother.” I like this image: a small kid, on the lap of a loving mom. When we are arrogant, we are easily agitated, consumed with comparison-making. When we are humble, we experience the peace of Christ: it’s not that we think less of ourselves but we are thinking of ourselves less often. We are satisfied to gaze up into the face of God, not needing or wanting anything more than the present intimacy we have. Let us be humble and happy in the arms of God.
Music: "In the Garden" by Miles/arr. Hayes, Barbara Foote, piano
We are beginning a new sermon series entitled “Ascend: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.” We will be looking at Psalms 120-134, which are known as the Songs of Ascents. Three times a year, the Hebrew people were commanded to go to Jerusalem to the great worship festivals, and these psalms were likely sung by pilgrims as they traveled. Topographically Jerusalem is the highest city in Palestine, and so all who traveled there spent much of their time ascending. Climbing uphill requires much more grit than going downhill, so these songs are fortifying, encouraging, always pointing us to our prize: God.