I love Psalm 131. I agree with Heidi Baker, who posted this part of the Psalm today on Facebook. This is such a wonderful psalm. Why? I see that that the thoughts expressed here are a strategy for living. Let me show you why…
“My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.
But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content”
When I read this scripture today, it reminded me of the post I did yesterday in the Revival Fire Australia group on Facebook about not being proud and presumptuous. It was also about honouring God and allowing Him to be the power holder in the relationship and recognising you are nothing without Him.
“My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty.”
If we remain humble, we will have a pure relationship with God and others, which will, in turn, bring a peace to our world.
And imagine if we actually lived this next phrase:
“I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.”
This reminds me of having simple faith and trust in God. Hebrews 11 kind of faith.
People often asked me, “Why does God allow this?” or “How does this work?” And I sense a deep level of frustration and confusion, or even anger at times, in their hearts. They fail to comprehend God’s ways and it is quite understandable. What they don’t realise is that they are fighting a losing battle. Sometimes you just have to surrender the need to know and just trust.
So. this verse really speaks into that place of turmoil and says, “Let go. You don’t need to know.”
And I loved this notion also of how the Psalmist had taken personal responsibility for his own soul, his own state of being.
“But I have calmed and quieted myself.”
Who has calmed and quieted the Psalmist? The Psalmist has done it. Not God. Not someone else. He had to do it for himself.
I like that it is possible to calm and quiet ourselves and the end result? Peace. The peacefulness that comes when a baby’s crying ceases and they are content. The peace that comes when you recognise that your part is to let go and trust, to simply surrender.
Contentment used to escape me. But that was back when I had to know everything and understand everything. That was when I wanted to be in control of everything. When I thought I was the centre of my universe, whilst proclaiming that God was. That was before I knew how to surrender to God. Before I knew how to wait, ask, look and walk with God.
There is much to be gained from learning contentment. Paul taught it to me in Philippians 4:11-13. No matter what the circumstance, we can experience contentment. It is possible.
Community Citizen of the Year 2019 award recipient, Hayley Solich, is wife of Andrew and mother of Sarah, Elise, Emily, Hope and Adonijah. A Worship Specialist, International Motivational Speaker, Director of GO Institute (an online Bible College) and a Prophetic voice, Hayley is also a published author who leads worship and ministers at The Mission Church, Perth. Hayely also is an itinerant church minister under the banner of Heart Called Ministries. Hayley is also a community leader, advocating for improvements in the Mental Health sector and sits on committees at the local, state and national levels.