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A Psalm for the New Year

Updated: Jun 29, 2022

Psalm 131


My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I don’t concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.


But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.


O Israel put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.


Psalm 131 might be a very short Psalm, but these short verses will enrich us as we meditate and contemplate on it for the New Year. In the first verse, David says that he is not proud or haughty. That is, David is not thinking that he can achieve the heights of success in his own strength. He knows that ultimately it is God who guides our ways.

In verse 2, David says that he has quietened himself. This is not a forced quietness, but a quietness that comes from being content. David is quiet because he is content in his circumstance – whatever it was.

Then David invites us, the reader of the Psalm to put our hope in the Lord. It means to wait for the Lord to come to our aid. Even as a powerful warrior and king, David recognized that his success came from the Lord. So, in every circumstances David was able to be quiet and content because he knew the Lord our God would come to his aid and rescue him.

We do not know what 2021 has in store for us. But it will be a great year if we can begin this year by turning to Jesus, knowing that this year’s outcome is fully in His hands. Then during good days and stormy days, we can be content and quiet with the hope that God will come to our rescue.

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