Living in Exile - 2/8/21
Monday, February 8, 2021
Psalm 131:1-3 (MSG)
God, I’m not trying to rule the roost,
I don’t want to be king of the mountain.
I haven’t meddled where I have no business
or fantasized grandiose plans.
I’ve kept my feet on the ground,
I’ve cultivated a quiet heart.
Like a baby content in its mother’s arms,
my soul is a baby content.
Wait, Israel, for God. Wait with hope.
Hope now; hope always!
In the words of Eugene Peterson
Psalm 131 is a maintenance psalm. It is functional to the person of faith as pruning is functional to the gardener; it gets rid of that which looks good to those who don’t know any better, and reduces the distance between our hearts and their roots in God.
We are always, it seems, reeling from one side of the road to the other as we travel in the way of faith. We are first incited into being grandiose and then intimidated into being infantile. But there is another way, the plain way of quiet Christian humility. As we learn this Psalm we discover the quietness of the weaned child, the tranquility of maturing trust. Psalm 131 nurtures: a quality of calm confidence and quiet strength that knows the difference between unruly arrogance and faithful aspiration. This song teaches us not to seek our glory but to be about God’s glory as the one we trust, the one we love to be with, and the one we hope in from this time forth and forevermore.
Heavenly Father, give us wisdom to see that you are God and that we're not. Let us abandon our false hopes, our misplaced pride, and our stubborn arrogance. May we be pruned in ways that quiet our souls, develop reliance on your strength, and practice dependence on your guidance. Amen.
Keep the Faith ~ Pastor Art