Psalms 131
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1  A song of ascents. Of David. Hashem, my heart is not proud nor my look haughty; I do not aspire to great things or to what is beyond me;

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א  שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת לְדָוִד יְהֹוָה לֹא־גָבַהּ לִבִּי וְלֹא־רָמוּ עֵינַי וְלֹא־הִלַּכְתִּי בִּגְדֹלוֹת וּבְנִפְלָאוֹת מִמֶּנִּי׃

131:1   My heart is not proud

In the Bible, confession refers not only to admitting the evil deeds one has committed, but also to acknowledging the positive commandments one has internalized. David “confesses” that he has not been haughty, and has never thought of himself as too great. This might be referring to the incident recorded in Shmuel II 6:14, when “David whirled with all his might before Hashem” as the ark of God was brought to Jerusalem. His wife Michal castigates him for what she saw as behavior inappropriate for a king, but David responds by asking rhetorically: Shall he not dance and prostrate himself before God, Who chose him as leader of all of Israel? Throughout his life, David subjugated himself before God out of respect and awe. He was not too proud to express himself to the Lord in the way he thought most appropriate.1 comment

2  but I have taught myself to be contented like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child am I in my mind.

ב  אִם־לֹא שִׁוִּיתִי וְדוֹמַמְתִּי נַפְשִׁי כְּגָמֻל עֲלֵי אִמּוֹ כַּגָּמֻל עָלַי נַפְשִׁי׃

3  O Yisrael, wait for Hashem now and forever.

ג  יַחֵל יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל־יְהֹוָה מֵעַתָּה וְעַד־עוֹלָם׃

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Psalms 130
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  • 131:1 My heart is not haughty

    This psalm is indeed very interesting and in of itself very different. We learn that this time confession in the Bible does not only refer to admitting the wrongs one does but can often relate to the good, the positive one does as it can internalize one in the inside to correct and remake the man's heart in compliance to the will of God's Heart and Mind. We also learn that David
    confesses that he is not haughty or thinks of himself as being That Great King, the Top man of Town and Country. There is a story were David danced before the Lord with all his heart & soul down the streets of town with such joy and gusto. He was filled with such joy and love of God that he must have looked blissful to the crowd that witnessed him.

    Even David's wife Michal gets after him for his what in her mind is his ‘inappropriate behavior. She does not see it as his joy and great reverence to God. She see's it as a belittlement to her husband David before his people. However David being very wise and very in Love with our Lord thy God see's this in a very different light indeed. David tells his wife, look before God i was nothing. God then chose me to be King of Israel. Shall I not dance, in great joy to celebrate all he has done for me and for all he has done for all Israel? Surely I will prostrate myself for my Lord and my King God Forever.

    David serves God out of respect, fear, love. He honors God or his greatness, his repentance. For his blessings upon Israel. David is never to proud to express the Love & Honor he feels for our Lord thy God, never. For these feeling are genuine and from Davids Heart and deep from within his soul. Amen. Carl

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