“Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp. Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for it’s mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord – now and always.”
Pride is a destroyer of ambition, a destroyer of hope and a destroyer of God-like character. So what does it mean to be proud? Is it just arrogance or is it more than that. According to John Piper’s commentary on Psalm 131, there are “two kinds of pride – the pride of having and the pride of wanting”1. The pride of having is a boastful, ‘superiority’ attitude where everyone is less than you because you have more. The pride of wanting, is continually craving other’ attention and approval because of your lack. Both are against Godly living. Yet what is our example of humble living? Psalm 131.
David, from the outset in this wonderful psalm, quashes any trace of pride that can manifest itself in one’s life. In his heart, in his eyes (not considering himself higher than he ought to) and in his actions. David’s heart knew that although he was King of Israel, he was still a servant of God. David never let his position cause him to become proud or think he was superior in any way because he knew his position in God. He didn’t think that he was better than anyone else. In addition his actions time and time again proved that he was a servant of God and didn’t expend energy trying to build a reputation for himself.
Yet how could David find victory over pride. The answer is found in verse 2, “I am like a weaned child who longer cries for his mother’s milk”. In other words, David’s fill was from God. David’s contentment and purpose was from God. He contentment came from resting in who he was in God, and not what others thought of him. He was content to just abide in God’s presence, rather than seeking fame or glory. If we read David’s other psalms and the stories about him, we can see frpm his life that his contentment was in the Father….
Let us find our hope and contentment in Him. As we grow in who we are him, pride is shout out. Pride leads to destruction, but contentment in God leads to peace.