How much calmness of soul do you have?

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Psalm 131

1 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.

2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 O Israel, hope in the Lord From this time forth and forever.

In verse 2 the Psalmist compares his calm to that of a weaned child next to his mother. This is quite a picture. Having had six children I can see in my mind our infant children before they were weaned. When they were hungry and near their mother they were not calm. In fact, they were just the opposite of calm. It did not matter what their mother was doing, she needed to stop it and start feeding that hungry and restless child. The longer she would wait to start their feeding time the more restless and anxious they would get until they would break into a full-fledged cry.

But the Psalmist does not compare his calm to a nursing child but to a weaned child. When a child is switched from mom’s milk to regular food, within a short time they forget about mom’s milk and fill themselves on the pureed peas, applesauce and so on. When the weaned child is filled with table food and is cradled by their mother they are truly in a calmed and comforted state. It is this state of calm that the Psalmist compares his calm to when he quiets his soul in the Lord.

This quieting of the soul comes when the Psalmist’s heart is not proud nor his eyes looking at things he should not have. The calm comes when he concerns himself with his own life and not with things to great for his understanding and undertaking. By living without pride and without covetous looks and living within his own understanding he found calmness of soul compared to the calmness of a weaned child in the arms of his mother.

How often are you that calm of soul? How would you like to live in a state of perpetual calmness of soul? Think about this for a while today and ask God to help you understand it to the point of living it.

Thanks for your prayers yesterday. I did go up to Victory Academy Sunday afternoon and spent time with the Masseys and with the staff and with the boys. The boys go home this Saturday and need prayers as they are now thinking through what they are going to do differently. Pray for a blessed time as an encouragement of the work of God in their lives.

Thanks to all who worked so hard to make Sunday’s Christmas program a success. Christ was exalted among us and through us. It was indeed a great time together in the house of the Lord.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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