Thursday, January 17, 2013

Simple Trust

 1Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
 2Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.
 3Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever. 
(Psalm 131, King James Version)

Simple Trust

Though one of the shortest of the Psalms, Psalm 130 is certainly not short in meaning, but is rather profound in character. It conveys simple trust in the Lord--a trust learned through grievous trials.

This Psalm is thought to have been a song the Israelites sang when returning from captivity in Babylon. Weaned from the idol worship and other wicked practices which had brought upon them their devastation ordered by God at the hands of the Babylonians, the Israelites had been humbled before the Lord and now conveyed a simple trust in Him.

It is the kind of spiritual maturity one tends to find in older saints. Oh how young and bright we are in our late teens and early twenties. Idealistic and even somewhat arrogant, we are ready to conquer the world. Yet only a few decades later, after we have faced the onslaughts of life, our hearts are tender toward the Lord and we are ready to acquiesce to His will.

This same world which holds such bright promise to us when we are young, often becomes a weary place, especially in our later years. The desire to rush from one pleasure to the next is replaced by contentment for the simpler things in life. Facing the realization that though much of what we purposed to do in life has been accomplished, we realize that many things remain undone. And, many things did not turn out the way we had hoped. Seeing the foolishness of pride and resting in the things of this earth, our eyes turn to our Father God as we long for His peace and comfort, and long for His return.

Though our circumstances vary, yet we, as believers in the 21st century, face some of the same sentiments faced by these early people of God. Instead of impatience and longing for success, we find our hearts yearning in simple trust for the Lord. It is a good thing to turn away from the pleasures of this life and find that our real hope, peace, and joy rests in the Lord Jesus Christ.

So, as we read through Psalm 130, let us pray that these words may be true of us. Let us pray that our hearts are no longer haughty and our eyes lofty, nor do we try to attain to matters which are truly too high for us. Let us, like the weaned child, rest all of our hope and desires upon Christ. Yes, like Israel, let us hope in the Lord from henceforth and for ever!

God Bless You,

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