Wednesday Morning Meditation – Psalms
Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forever. (Psalm 131) A Song of Ascents. Of David.
Leaven is a small but powerful element. Sometimes the most influential statements come in small packages and Psalm 131 is full of leaven. David’s psalm is only sixty one words but it packs a lot of simple truths. Trust and contentment is the hallmark of this wonderful message. There seems to be an abiding calm in the life of David as he trusts in the Lord with no concerns for the uncertain problems of life. Humility brings about a calm assurance that God is in control.
We live in a world of turmoil. The news is filled with hatred, despair and uncertainty. Technology has allowed events unfolding around the globe to fill our smart phones, televisions and computers. Hearts become anxious with the terrible acts of cruelty spreading throughout the world. David did not have access to what was happening in other parts of the world but his own life was filled with worry and concerns. Even facing the troubles of his own life he still found the comfort of the Shepherd Lord to give him peace and contentment. He trusted in God. Why should we do any less?
There is a great blessing in being a child of God. Our hearts are calm and quieted. Since man rebelled against the Creator and filled the world with hatred there has always been a struggle with wickedness. The storms of strife, unrest, uncertainty move across the face of the earth with unyielding intensity. Walking in the midst of the fiery furnace of despair are the children of God. The fire rages but they are not hurt because they walk with the Lord. Like weaned children we live in the abundant hope of Jesus Christ.
It may be time for the children of God to spend more time in the Book than watching the news. Keeping up with the affairs of men is a good thing but without the affairs of God filling the hearts there will be fear. David reminds us to let the leaven of godliness fill our hearts trusting in the Lord who gives us the milk of contentment. God is so great. What can man do to us?
Here is the wisdom of the contented man: to let God choose for him; for when we have given up our wills to Him … our spirits must needs rest while our conditions have for their security the power, the wisdom and the charity of God. (Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living, 1650)