A profession of childlike trust in the LORD.
st. 1 = vv. 1-2a
st. 2 = vv. 2b-3
Psalm 131 is one of the fifteen "Songs of Ascents" (120-134) sung by the Israelites as they went up to worship at the temple in Jerusalem. The placement of this profession of childlike trust in God immediately after Psalm 130 seems deliberate. Here faith renounces all claims to heroic self-reliance: the psalmist rests in the LORD (st. 1) like a babe in its mother's arms and exhorts all God's people to do the same (st. 2). Calvin Seerveld (PHH 22) versified this psalm in 1982 for the Psalter Hymnal.
Confessions of humble trust in the Lord (130 and 131 can frame a service of confession); many other occasions in Christian worship.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook