Calm

This week in my daily prayers I have been reading Psalm 131.

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,

Like a weaned child with its mother;

My soul is like a weaned child with its mother.

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

 

In a world where there is so much noise and anxiety, the image of this Psalm gives great comfort. We might paraphrase it this way:

 

Lord, I’m going to let go of all my worry about the world,

Violence and war and economic depression for this little while

And sit in your lap and let you care for me like my mother would.

I’m not crying for milk,

Just a moment to be calmed by Your Presence.

And to all my sisters and brothers,

Don’t give up remembering that this calm you feel in God’s presence

Is the down payment on God’s promise of eternal peace.

 

 

Love in Christ,

Greg W. Burriss, Pastor

Rocky River Baptist Church

 

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