A song of ascents. Of David.
1 My heart is not proud, LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have calmed myself
and quieted my ambitions.
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
3 Israel, put your hope in the LORD
both now and forevermore.
Eugene Peterson in A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society, and Leslie C. Allen in Word Bible Commentary: Psalms 101-150 (see his "explanation" of this psalm), have some helpful words from this psalm.
Spurgeon said that this "is one of the shortest psalms to read, but one of the longest to learn." (Peterson) I understand that when the mother gives her milk to her infant this involves nourishment and bonding. The baby at first is helpless and flailingly dependent on its mother. But as the weaning process goes on the bond between mother and baby grows. What was an infantile dependence is becoming a loving contentment and trust. (Peterson)
Pride and self-ambition begin to decrease as quietness and contentment increase. When the young child is weaned it has learned to rest in its mother's arms with the knowing that she will always be there for it.
This psalm speaks of this weaning as applying to ourselves and God. What kind of faith do we have as God's children? Do we flail away wanting to get our way right away? Or have we learned to rest content, knowing that he is there and will always be there for us?
What about you? What about me? Remember, this lesson is not quickly or easily learned. So we must not despair or give up. We need to learn to rest content in the loving care of the Lord.