Instructions to guide you in the prayerful practice of silence and solitude meditating on Psalm 131
I initially had a hard time thinking through what I would write about this psalm. This is clearly a psalm of praise. Pretty straightforward. Not something that inspired deep theological questions or challenged me in my faith. But as I thought about it more, I began to see the beauty in the simplicity of this psalm.
Psalm 72 doesn’t really need much commentary; it is rather straightforward in its symbolism and imagery. Spoiler alert: the ‘king’ in this psalm is a prophetic type of Jesus Christ, which makes this psalm the perfect meditation as we approach the Advent season; which begins this Saturday, December 1st, and anticipate the Christmas story.
At first read of this psalm it’s easy to confuse it with countless others, the psalmist (David) is in anguish, he wants his enemies to be punished, but remembers who God is and trusts in Him ultimately.
Reading our psalm today puts in company with the champions of our faith. It is the most often referenced (in allusion and quotation) psalm in the New Testament. The images evoked by the conquering LORD whose reign marks the end to all that rebel against his rule permeates the imagination of Jesus himself, and those who knew and followed him most closely.