Scriptural Context: Psalm 131:1-3
“Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” Psalm 131: 2 NLT
Summary: David does not occupy himself with things that are too great and marvelous for him to know, but is content to walk beside the Lord, waiting for whatever he needs to be told. (revised- 11/26/21)
CR – (Psalm 131: 1, Job 42:3)
Reflection: In the wake of the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, things were chaotic, as assumptions, presumptions, and speculations flowed, from the mouths of politicians and the media, unbridled in their accusations about a man they did not know. They simply were not there. ( Psalm 19:13-14) But after his acquittal he was asked about how he maintained his calm composure with all that was going on. He responded, inwardly he was still jittery, but for the sake of others he keeps his cool.
( my interpretation).
When asked if he thought someone was watching over him, he said, He believed God was all along. What insightfulness for someone so young. In other words, he learned to calm his soul, knowing God was with him all along and would remain so.
CR – (1 Samuel 30:6)
Personal Reflection: Recently, I asked the Lord to help me understand something concerning eternity because it had caused an inward restlessness, a doubt that if not arrested could grow. But then I was at peace when I concentrated on what I already knew, not things I presumed to know; His goodness and mercy, He was faithful to show. It was somewhat like when I’d inquired concerning the “Trinity” almost 40 years ago. The Lord spoke to my heart and said, “My Son and I are so close, man can not conceive of it.” And when Christ’s disciples were perplexed about the things that would soon take place, Jesus flat out told them:
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.”
(my emphasis) John 16:12 ESV
Application: I have resolved to know what He chooses to let me know, and it is enough, for I’ve learned to trust Him, in all things. Like when the two disciples walking to Emmaus on resurrection day, were perplexed, discouraged, because what they had hoped for had been taken away. But Jesus showed up on that fateful, glorious day, walking beside them, explaining the scriptures which told of how He would suffer, then be raised from the grave.
“They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (my emphasis) Luke 24:32
Jesus gave us a promise concerning the things that are occurring and the things still to come, because we have His Holy Spirit we will know all we need to know and when we need to know through His Word. (John 17:17, 1 Corinthians 13:12)
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:13
Question: Are you content now to know what God wants you to know? He promises to open up the scriptures to our understanding when we abide in His Word and His words abide in us. (John 15:7, Deuteronomy 29:29)
Prayer: Lord, may we be content to look to you and only you, and as we draw close to your Word, open up the scriptures to our understanding through your Holy Spirit within us, who teaches us all things. In Jesus Name, Amen. (1 John 2:27)
It’s 11pm and typically I am sound asleep but for various reasons im still up. Was wondering when I would ever settle down tonight except when I read psalm 131 from the Passion Translation these words O people of God, your time has come to quietly trust….I knew He was going to get me through this night. I don’t need anything else right now. I know I can trust Him and so therefore I have His peace! Night night all!
Dianne, thank you for sharing your personal application of Psalm 31. Praise God for His faithfulness. To quietly Trust is what He wants all of us to do.