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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | October 14, 2018

A Quiet Soul (Psalm 131). Dr. Robert Horton

Psalm 131 A Song of Ascents. Of David.

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.

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,

Like a weaned child with his mother,

Like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forever.

This psalm of David was probably written while Saul was still king, and some were accusing him of seeking to usurp the throne. In response David quiets his soul. He does not fight or argue with his accuser. He does not defend himself to men. Instead he places himself at the feet of God. He examines his own heart and can honestly say that he is not conducting himself pridefully. He did not seek prominence, position, or power. He was humble before God and men. He was in the field with the sheep when his father and brothers were invited to the feast with Samuel, the spiritual leader of Israel. He did not orchestrate his anointing. Even his combat with Goliath occurred only because his father sent him to take food to his brothers who were serving in the army.

Additionally, David did not spend his time thinking about things that were the responsibilities of others. He gave his attention to his own concerns. There would be time later for him to manage the affairs of state, but until then he would focus his attention on the duties before him.

In the midst of jealousy and rivalry, David remained calm. He deliberately quieted his soul. He did not allow palace intrigue or rumors to disturb his relationship with God and others. As a toddler trusting his mother for all his needs, he was undisturbed by the noise around him. He was active in this attitude. He says, “surely I have calmed and quieted my soul.” It was his commitment to be still before his God. From that place of quiet rest, he could then exhort all Israel to hope in the Lord.

From this psalm we should learn not to get worked up about things beyond our scope. There are many things in the country and the world that we might wish were different, but David’s example should teach us not to be agitated about them. Instead we should be still and know that the Lord is God. We too can calm and quiet our souls.

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