As I was reading David’s Psalm today (Psalm 131) I was reminded of several things. Here’s the Psalm in its entirety:
1 My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. 2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. 3 O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.
As I read “I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me,” I thought about David and how he was thrust into the limelight. He was a simple shepherd – the youngest of a family with 8 sons. From my study of those verses, he was the least likely to become anything more than a shepherd – especially the king of a nation! Yet, that was his lot in life. He was chosen – he did not choose that life.
David was able to be still – a trait I myself (and the majority of people I know these days) seem to have a great deal of difficulty with. I found the analogy of a “weaned child with it’s mother” very interesting. If you think about it, there’s not much a child who has just been weaned (somewhere between 6 months and a year old?) can control. All they are concerned with is their current needs – eating, sleeping, being loved.
I am encouraged today to focus on resting. Again. When will I learn? He is in control – not me. I can rest in that.
grace & peace,