Psalms 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 ( Psalms 18:27 ).
exercise myself--literally, "walk in," of "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 ( Matthew 18:3 Matthew 18:4 , Isaiah 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.