Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Stilled and Quieted

"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.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore."

(Psalm 131, ESV)

The words "calmed and quieted my soul" jumped out at me from this Psalm. I have not been experiencing much of that lately. The imagery of a young child being calmed by his mother is strong. Even if it has been years, you can remember that feeling of knowing everything would be alright when your mother was holding you close. Sometimes we long for those days when we could go to someone and basically say "just make it all go away." Then I was called back to the beginning of the Psalm. What is the key to having access to that comfort? Realizing that we are small and not in control of this world. We will always be his little children, and God is always ready to comfort and protect us if we'll just recognize and ask him. The problems and hurts may still be there, but he will hold us through it until the pain is past.

Attached are a melody and lyrics that are my response to this Psalm.

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