Ps 131:1-3. This Psalm, while expressive of David's
pious feelings on assuming the royal office, teaches the humble,
submissive temper of a true child of God.
1. eyes lofty—a sign of pride (Ps 18:27).
exercise myself—literally, "walk in,"
or "meddle with."
2. Surely, &c.—The form is that of
an oath or strongest assertion. Submission is denoted by the figure of
a weaned child. As the child weaned by his mother from the breast, so I
still the motions of pride in me (Mt 18:3, 4; Isa 11:8;
28:9). Hebrew children were
often not weaned till three years old.
soul—may be taken for desire, which
gives a more definite sense, though one included in the idea conveyed
by the usual meaning, myself.