This is a short Psalm, and it might be tempting to think of it as fairly unremarkable except for the fact that a King wrote it. It was David, King of Israel who crafted these simple words of humility and trust in the Lord.
Just for a minute this morning, think of the leaders of the great nations of the world. ‘Humble’ is probably not the first word that comes to mind when we think of these people! How different the world would be if our leaders placed their trust in the Lord as David did!
Kind David says that he is not proud. A proud person over-estimates his own abilities, taking on projects that he cannot really do while believing he is doing a great job. A proud person over-estimates his own importance. A proud person believes that he is self-sufficient – that he does not need God. One result of his pride is that he starts to look at others with “haughty” looks, feeling superior to them as if they are beneath him.
In contrast, a humble person has a realistic understanding of their own abilities and importance, and recognises their need for God every moment of every day. They look at others without envy and without a superior attitude. A humble person is not a weak person or a doormat, but neither are they fixated on their own greatness or success or accomplishments.
David has learned to calm himself and quieten himself down. He is not asserting himself or rushing after the latest success or involving himself in every single thing that happens. Instead he has chosen to quietly trust in the Lord, knowing that God provides everything he needs, as a mother does for a young child. And in this place of total trust, he finds that he is content.
Meditation verse: But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.