Not Trusting in Myself

Recently I memorized Psalm 131 and was struck by the parallel in Luke 18:9.

Psalm 131:1a - "O Lord, my heart is not proud ..."
Luke 18:9a - "And he also told this parable to certain ones who trusted in themselves - that they were righteous, ..."

Psalm 131:1b - "nor my eyes haughty..."
Luke 18:9b - "and viewed others with contempt."

This in turn leads me to nurture contempt for others such as family, friends, politicians, and even other drivers. When I feel contempt, I can generally trace it back to the fact that I am looking at myself as right, better than, and above others.

Not trusting in myself as right, and not viewing others with contempt is foundational to experiencing Psalm 131:2 that states,

"Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother. My soul is like a weaned child within me."

Not scattered, not fretting. Freedom from nagging self doubt, self protection, self seeking, and bondage to fear.

Then I can exhort myself and others not to hope in ourselves, but like Psalm 131:3 says,

"O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forever."

About the Author
Mark and Janet Lewis live in Colorado Springs, CO and have served with The Navigators for over 35 years. Mark continues to provide direction and oversight for the NavConnect initiative.  He also serves a new effort called The Nations Within focusing on the diverse nationalities in the U.S.