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A Psalm for a Quiet Soul – Psalm 131

27/10/2011

Psalm 131.

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.

The psalmist is conscious of his own condition. He recognises his own level of ability and is content with that. He is humble. He reminds us of the publican who entered the temple in the parable told by Jesus, who stood afar off and smoke his breast and said, “Lord be merciful to me, a sinner.”

Such humility and acceptance of our true condition is essential if our sins are to be forgiven and we are to be restored to fellowship with God, and in these days of exaggerated ‘self-esteem’ we find humility difficult.

Make this our prayer. May God awaken us to our sin, our lostness, our true character. May we never want to make too much of ourselves. And having so awakened us, may God give us grace and faith to place our only hope in the Lord.

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