My Heart Hopes in You (Psalm 131)

Psalm 131:1–3 (NKJV)

1 LORD, my heart is not haughty,
Nor my eyes lofty.
Neither do I concern myself with great matters,
Nor with things too profound for me.

2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 O Israel, hope in the LORD
From this time forth and forever.

This short psalm, a song of Ascents, discusses a long-neglected discipline of the church, meditation.  In verse one, the psalmist speaks of not being overcome with complexity, but being calm with simplicity.  Verse two discusses the quieting of the soul, being satisfied without assistance.  Verse three, then, gives us the method whereby we can achieve calm and avoid complexity–hope in the Lord.  While some people may be wired to sit calmly and simply contemplate the truths of the world and eternity, others need a motivating factor.  In this case, the hope found in the Lord is a calming and peace-making thought.  So, when you are surrounded by trouble or overwhelmed by the complexity of your life, think of your hope found in the Lord.  He will bring you peace!

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