Text: Psalms 130-132
As of late, I have been in a season of distractions and interruptions to my normal routine. Some are wonderful – grandchildren and a vacation with Lyn. Some are painful like the death of an old friend and difficulties in a ministry I hold dear. Meanwhile, I am feeling the lost personal time with the Lord and with my church family. The words of Psalm 131 speak two ideas – first, it is good and timely to return to the immediate and intimate things of the Lord and His people:
O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;my eyes are not raised too high;I do not occupy myself with thingstoo great and too marvelous for me.
And the second is to rediscover contentment,
But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.
That latter image is one that takes thought. When a child is weaned, he or she experiences anguish. “Mommy won’t give me what I need. I’m starving here! Am I abandoned? Woe is me!” But after the weaning, the child has been introduced to a whole new menu of nourishment and taste. There is more nutrition for growth and life has become ever more rich. “And, Mommy still loves me.” I am praising the Lord for His care, nurture and love. It is time to slow down and settle back into His grace and mercy.
in Him, Mike