Lord, I thank You that “in quietness and trust is my strength” (Isa. 30:15).
Read PSALM 131:1-3
 A song of ascents. Of David. My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.  But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.  O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectHow does the psalmist describe his stance toward God?
When the phone rang in our house, my dad always wanted to know who it was, what they wanted—and I am the same now! I often find it annoying that work calls for my husband are actually not my business.
We’ve been reading about what a variety of people saw, or didn’t see; what they understood or, more often, didn’t. We come finally to this lovely, gentle psalm with its picture of a small child (about 4), who is content to stay close to its mother; content to remain unaware of all that’s going on around it. It reminds us of the child whom Jesus took in his arms (Mark 9:36,37), and the little ones he held and blessed (10:16); all are children we must resemble in our acceptance of all that God wants to give us (Mark 10:15).
It’s not always easy to develop and maintain an attitude of quiet trust in God, especially when we pride ourselves on coping, or when we feel desperate to understand. The humility that David speaks of shows that all he needs to see is the one in whom he can put his hope; and so can we, now and forevermore (3).
Ask God to help you understand when you need to, and be content to trust him when you don’t.
Loving Father, I pray for the same spirit that the psalmist had; a quiet, humble trust in You and Your care.
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