1. Introduction

  • Read Psalm 131
  • Write down in your own words the essence of what David is saying here.
  • What are the key words/thoughts? Share with others in your group.

2. What did David say in Psalm 131:1about himself, that he:

a. Is not?

Discuss what the following say: Proverbs 6:16-17, 1 Peter 5:5, Luke 18:9-14. Matthew 11:29. Why does God hate these two things? How does this affect the way we view and treat others?

b. Doesn’t concern himself with?

What matters are David referring to? Consider the following from Charles Spurgeon:

In general David is the model of the state of mind which the poet expresses here. He did not push himself forward, but suffered himself to be drawn forth out of seclusion. He did not take possession of the throne violently; but after Samuel has anointed him, he willingly and patiently traverses the long, thorny, circuitous way of deep abasement, until he receives from God’s hand that which God’s promise had assured to him. The persecution by Saul lasted about ten years, and his kingship in Hebron, at first only incipient, seven years and a half. He left it entirely to God to remove Saul and Ishbosheth. He let Shimei curse. He left Jerusalem before Absalom. Submission to God’s guidance, resignation to his dispensations, contentment with that which was allotted to him, are the distinguishing traits of his noble character.

3. Read Psalm 131:2

Discuss what David is referring to when comparing himself to a weaned child.

Consider the following from Aimee Byrd:

Weaning was one of the first real troubles that we met with after we came into this world, and it was at the time a very terrible one to our little hearts. We got over it somehow or other. (Spurgeon)
David… was like one who was able to give up his natural food, which seemed to him absolutely necessary, and which he greatly enjoyed. The weaned babe has given up what it loved. By nature we hang on the breasts of this world, and only sovereign grace can wean us therefrom, but when we give up self-righteousness, self-confidence, the love of the world, the desire of self-aggrandizement, when we give up trusting in man, trusting in ceremonies, trusting in anything but God, then has our soul become like a weaned child. It has given up what nature feeds upon, that it may feed upon the bread of heaven.

  • What did David say he experienced when he was spiritually ‘weaned’?
  • Read about growing to maturity as God’s child. See Hebrews 5:11-14, 1 Corinthians 3:1-2.
  • How do we grow? 2 Peter 1:3-11, 2 Corinthians 3:17-18.
  • Where would you say you are in this regard?

4. Further Encouragement

Consider further some of the points Bruce spoke about on Sunday:

  • Our experience during weaning can be confusing and painful. The testing time can easily be turned into a temptation or a ‘tantrum’!
  • Remember, when God is weaning you it is not because he is angry, or abandoning you or because you have done something wrong. It is for your good and your growth!
  • Please grow to enjoy God for who He is not just what He gives.
  • God, like a good mother, wisely and lovingly.
  • Stops us: opposes our proud self.
  • Shapes us: gently but persistently guides us through our spiritual growth and maturity.
  • Stretches us: through trials and tests.
  • Soothes us: calm and content in His presence.
  • God loves humble child-like trust!
  • We need it to
  • Come to Jesus Matthew 18:1-4
  • Become like Jesus Matthew 11:29
  • Treat others like Jesus Philippians  2:1-5
  • Picture your relationship with God up close and personal!
  • This becomes a great example and encouragement to know and enjoy our Hope in our God.

Read Romans 15:13


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