Shhhhhhh… Rest.

Rest 2

“Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child rests against his mother, my soul is like a weaned child within me” (Ps. 131:2, NASB).

Do you see the picture described here? A wee child nuzzled up his mother’s arms. Calm, quiet, extremely contented. Safe and secure. Not a worry in the world. This is how God is inviting us to be, in His everlasting embrace.

The emphasis is on our smallness. It’s a wonderfully healthy thing to realize how small we are. Only because our smallness is in contrast to His hugeness. He is the Parent. He is the all-wise One. The first verse in this Psalm invites us into the same innocent abandon that little children display:

“O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; nor do I involve myself in great matters, or in things too difficult for me.”

The state of the nation? That is too difficult for me. International affairs? Those are too hard for me too. Where my provision is going to come from in the future? That, too, is too heavy to carry. The health of the ones precious to me? How long they will live? Yep, also too difficult, too weighty for my shoulders.

“Nor do I involve myself in things too difficult for me.” No, I’ll let God run the universe, run the nations, and run my life. I’ll let Him carry it all. I’ll let Him be in charge. I’ll let Him figure all the complicated stuff out. He is the Parent that literally knows everything and can and will take on anything that concerns me. He’s got me. He loves me more than His life. I’ll just nestle in.

Verse 3 sums it up nicely: “O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forever.” Both today, and always, this is where I’m going to live.

How ‘bout you?

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Why is the psalmist suggesting that to involve ourselves in overly weighty, difficult affairs would be haughty?

If we are to be like a little child in a mother’s embrace, what does that imply about the nature of God?