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Humble Beginnings

Psalm 131

Verse 1 My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.

Today we start another one of the songs of ascent that King David wrote. He starts this song of preparation in a way that sounds like he is puffing himself up but he isn’t really tooting his own horn.

While not a normal way of starting out a song of praise, David starts by praying in a way that would remind himself of his unworthiness to be coming into God’s presence. He talks about not being proud of heart. He knows that his heart isn’t as pure as it should be. He had not forgotten where God had called him from. David wasn’t born into royalty but he was born to be king.

David didn’t have eyes that arrogantly looked down on others because he knew that he was only where he was because of God’s favor. It wasn’t his mighty, military conquests that landed him in his place of authority, it was all by God’s choice that he was king of God’s chosen people.

David saying that he doesn’t concern himself with things of great matters wasn’t his saying that he was shirking his duties as king but rather that he didn’t take all matters of the kingdom on himself but left them with the only One that could truly handle them, God. David knew that God was the true King of His chosen people.

David was also humble enough to know that there were things that were too wonderful for him to understand. This was his way of saying that he knew God was capable of things that he wasn’t aware of. The fact that David understood this about God shows that he knew the power of God to do things that didn’t make sense to human minds. He had experienced this when as a boy he went up against the giant, Goliath.

This is the humility we should be coming to God with. We must come with the understanding of who we are, unworthy of Him on our own and that He alone can do all that needs to be done in this life.

Making It Personal

Have you ever prayed these things? Why is it important to enter a time of worship and prayer with these right attitudes? Have you missed coming to God humbly in the past?

Making It Personal Kids

Why is it important to have a correct attitude when praying and worshiping? What do you think about when starting to pray or going to church? Is your attitude one that would be pleasing to Jesus?

Closing Prayer

Father, we aren’t worthy of Your love and yet You choose to see us and know us. You alone can do mighty things and are forever faithful. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, worthy of all praise!

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