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A Season of Psalms - Psalm 131:1-3

Psalm 131:1-3

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.”

English Standard Version (ESV)

I like babies. I enjoy hearing first-time parents talk about their experiences in raising a newborn. Former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., and his wife Amy, had their first child earlier this year. In a radio interview shortly after the birth of their daughter, Dale said he was continually awestruck at baby Isla’s perfection, her delicate frame, and her complete and utter dependence on her mother. Being a father has changed everything, Dale said, and his greatest wish is for time to slow down and enjoy these moments to the full. Ironic that a man who raced stock cars in excess of 200mph wants to slow down!

David expressed the same sentiment in Psalm 131. Rather than live in pride and haughtiness as a know-it-all (verse 1), he contents himself with not understanding the wonder of the mysteries which are too great and too marvelous to comprehend. Instead of straining to know everything, he takes a giant step back and compares himself (and his soul) to a weaned child with its mother. David acknowledges his utter dependence on God, and his soul is calm and quiet before the Father. Notice in this psalm that he doesn’t approach God with many words, but in quietness of spirit and humble reverence he waits for the Lord to do the speaking.

A.W. Tozer: “Never forget that it is a privilege to wonder, to stand in delighted silence before the Supreme Mystery and whisper, ‘O Lord God, thou knowest.’” He knows the state of our heart and soul. He knows that we are dependent on Him. Come to him today and let your words be few.

Further Reading: Matthew 6:5-8; Psalm 46:10

Pray with me:

Father, I confess my need for you. You’re all I want, You’re all I’ve ever needed, help me know You are near. Speak to my heart today. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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