Being At Peace

Recently for my devotions I read Psalm 131.  I have read this many times before but the Holy Spirit really just brought it to life for me.  Below is a copy of my journal entry, hope it encourages you.
  • Psalm 131:1–3 (CEV) 1 I am not conceited, Lord, and I don’t waste my time on impossible schemes. 2 But I have learned to feel safe and satisfied, just like a young child on its mother’s lap. 3 People of Israel, you must trust the Lord now and forever.
What a great passage filled with so much in three little verses.
I am not conceited:  I come to God humbly.  Knowing my place and recognizing who He is.  I do not waste my time on things.
  • Psalm 131:1–2 (The Message) 1 God, I’m not trying to rule the roost, I don’t want to be king of the mountain. I haven’t meddled where I have no business or fantasized grandiose plans. 2 I’ve kept my feet on the ground, I’ve cultivated a quiet heart. Like a baby content in its mother’s arms, my soul is a baby content.
My feet are planted in reality but my faith is in the One.
I have learned – I have taught myself
I have learned to feel safe and satisfied – I have taught myself to encourage myself and to talk to myself into understanding where my provision and protection comes from.  My help comes from God, the maker of heaven and earth. The word encourage means to pump courage into. I have taught myself how to talk courage into my heart so I can keep going.
I am content like a baby feeling safe in its mother’s arms.
But he also says like a baby weaned.  Weaning means that the baby is no longer dependent on the mother’s milk but has begun to mature.  “Solid food is for the mature, who by constant practice have trained themselves…” Hebrews 5:14
As we mature – as we are transformed by the knowledge of who God is and His place in our lives – we find that we live in peace because He is the One who keeps us safe and satisfied.  We look past just how we feel and hold on by faith to what God declares is true.
When we are mature and walking in faith we are able to wait with hope!
This means that we live in hope.  We can hope now in the present – that our present troubles are temporary. And we can hope in the future because God has given us a future and a hope.
I’ve kept my feet on the ground
I’ve cultivated a quiet heart
Like a baby weaned (content) in it’s mothers arms, my soul is content
Wait for God
Wait with hope
Hope now:
Hope always!