1 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.
2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within
3 O Israel, hope in the LORD
from this time forth and forevermore.
As I write this devotion today, there are many distractions in the background. The sound of a vacuum, doors being opened and closed. On any given day during the week, you can hear the sound of the plunking of piano keys, the off notes of a violin. All distractions...
Distractions, we have them everyday, so what can we do about them? Let me suggest what David did. I'm sure that being king brought many distractions to his life. However, we have written for us a short, yet challenging psalm from King David's pen. It is here in Psalm 131 that he reminds us of two simple ways to help with distractions:
In verses 1 and 2, David reminds us that humility is to characterize the life of a believer, that pride and selfish ambition are not to be our pursuit. In verse 2, David proclaims that the believer can have a "calm" and "quiet" soul when not disturbed by selfish ambition [distraction].
You might consider adding Philippians 4:7 to your reading list today. For it is when we have spent time with the LORD in prayer, not being anxious about anything, making our requests known to Him, that He will give us the "peace that surpasses all understanding."
In verse 3, David then calls for all of Israel to HOPE in the LORD. Why? I think it is because it really is the opposite of pride. If I am honest with myself, when I don't pray and have my time alone with God, I am in essence expressing to the Lord that I can do it all on my own, that I really don't need His help!
Child of God, as you move forward in your growing in His grace and knowledge, remember to take time to be with Him.
Blessings on your Journey,