June 26, 2014"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....." Psalm 131:1-2.
What a powerful thought in this Psalm penned by David. It holds the secret of living in a place of peace and contentment. The Psalmist declares the elements of a disquieted soul is a heart lifted up, speaking of desires. He speaks of eyes that are raised to high, speaking of pride. And finally of dwelling on things to great or marvelous, speaking of things out of our understanding.
Desire is to be driven by our appetite for the things of this world. Pride is to be preoccupied with ourselves. Understanding is to seek control. I don't think it is hard to see why these things can spoil your sense of contentment and peace. The Psalmist says he had calmed and quieted his soul. The indication is that it is a personal choice to either live in calm or distress.
The third and final verse of that Psalm says, "O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore."
The pull of desire, pride and control are to strong to resist if we don't choose to place our hope and trust in God.
I pray today you are finding a calm and quieted soul.