Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Yeah, me too. Especially during this season of life. Whether it’s COVID-19, taking care of little ones, or the craziness going on in our nation; it’s easy to fall prey to worry and anxiety. However, no matter the circumstances in our lives, God desires for us to be content in Him alone. Being content, though, starts with a spirit of humility on our part.
Psalm 131 (ESV)
1 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.
2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
3 O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore.
If anyone has experienced worry or anxiety in their lives, it was David. He understood that life’s circumstances weren’t always “perfect.” It’s here in Psalm 131 where we see a spirit of humility that leads to contentment.
Verse 1 shows David humbling himself before the Lord. A “heart” being “lifted up” or “eyes” that are “raised too high” were signs of pride. So, David lowers both in order to humble himself before the Lord. David also doesn’t “occupy” his mind with matters beyond his control. This act of humility allows David to place total dependence on God no matter his circumstances.
When David “calms and quiets his soul” it shows that no matter what is going on around him, his trust and faith is in God alone. He knows God will see him through it. The example given is of a weaned child with its mother. This is a picture of one who is content merely in the presence of their Heavenly Father. David then finishes this psalm with a call for all of Israel to place this type of dependence on God no matter their circumstances.
Our anxiety and worry reveal our need for control in our lives. When we humble ourselves before God and let go of that control, there we will find contentment in Him alone.
Father, I seek to control things in my life that cause nothing but anxiety and worry. You are in control and I am nothing without you. I would be hopelessly lost without Jesus. Help me to trust you today in all things. In Jesus name-AMEN
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