"O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty, nor do I involve myself in great matters, or in things too difficult for me. Surely I have quieted and composed my soul; like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me. O Israel hope in the Lord from this time forth and forever." Psalm 131
As I got caught up in the cares of the world this week I found such comfort in this Psalm of David. Oftentimes circumstances have a way of pushing me into what the Bible refers to as a "zeal without knowledge." Romans 10:2-3 reads:
"For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.
Unless we are willing to humble ourselves as little children, and rid ourselves of our pride and eyes that are haughty, and our strong wills, we are still trying to achieve a righteousness of our own. We get into dead works with good intentions, and end up exhausted and disappointed, because we are constantly hijacking the will of God for our lives. There is peace, fulfillment, and contentment when we stay in the will of God. When we allow our pride to involve us in matters too great and difficult for us it often leads to unnecessary disaster.
Therefore, we must learn to quiet and compose our soul like a weaned child against his mother as David did. I had the wonderful experience of nursing my four children, and there is no greater feeling in the world than to have a nourished, quieted, and composed child against your chest. It is true for the mother and child. This is exactly what we can experience as we draw near to God, our Father, who is also our mother. He created mothers in His image. When we draw near to Him, He draws near to us, and He will nourish you spiritually until you are filled with His love, quieted and composed, relieved of all our anxieties and troubles.
David ends the Psalm with a plea to Israel that I would like to extend to you in our devotional this morning:
"O let us hope in the Lord for this time for forever."
Know that there is no other valid hope in existence for us and our families.
"Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame." Isaiah 49:23
In His love.
The full moon setting in the early morning hours from my bedroom window this week. What a "good morning" from my Father!