Last week from Psalm 126, we explored the joy that comes in the restoration of the fortunes of Zion after a time of exile and devastating loss. Today, as C.S. Lewis would say, we go “further in and further up,” uncovering one of the most precious jewels in the treasure chest of gospel restoration—the jewel of peace.
In verse 1, David assesses his attention, his field of vision, and the status of his heart before the Lord.
- Notice the parallel between the heart “not being lifted up” the eyes not “raised too high” and the attention not consumed with things “too great” and “too marvelous.” As a whole, what is David intending to convey by these expressions?
- Personally, what “too great” and “too marvelous” things tend to occupy you, and cause your heart to be lifted up? What specific heart and life effects do you see from this preoccupation? Be specific.
In verse 2, David says he has learned the secret of a “calmed and quieted” soul.
- The opposite of having a “lifted up” heart is to have a calmed and quieted soul. In context, what must it mean to have a calm or quiet soul?
- David says, “I have calmed and quieted my soul.” Considering the answer in the question above, how does one calm their soul? Talk this out with your HFG or a good friend. Have a Bible close at hand!
- What does the metaphor of “like a weaned child with its mother” intended to convey about how a calm and quieted soul is realized? Consider carefully the image of weaned child.
In the final verse, David calls upon the nation of Israel to “hope in the Lord” forevermore.
- What is the relationship of a humble heart, a calm soul, and hope in the Lord?
- How was the gospel preached in this Psalm?
- What take away from Psalm 131 was most needful for your soul right now?
- What ideas do you have for nurturing a church community where a calm and quiet soul is characteristic? Discuss this openly with your HFG.