The Anti-Psalm

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David Powlison’s reflections on Psalm 131. As he teaches the Psalm, he re-writes it as the exact opposite—rather an interesting teaching technique. But rather an effective one, I’d say.

So here is Psalm 131, words I’m sure you know well.

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;

my eyes are not raised too high;

I do not occupy myself with things

too great and too marvelous for me.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul,

like a weaned child with its mother;

like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, hope in the Lord

from this time forth and forevermore.

And here is Powlison’s anti-psalm:


My heart is proud

and my eyes are haughty

and I chase after things too great and too difficult for me.

So of course I’m noisy and restless inside; it comes naturally,

like a hungry infant fussing on his mother’s lap,

like a hungry infant, I’m restless with my demands and worries.

I scatter my hopes onto anything and everybody all the time.


I am afraid this is my heart right now.  As such, all I can say is that I am a great sinner, and I have and 
constantly need a great Savior!  To the old wooden cross I must cling.  How about you?

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