“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.” (Psalm 131:1)
Did you ever hear your parents say to you, “The adults are talking.”? I remember hearing similar things when I was growing up. I didn’t think too much of it because somewhere inside I knew that whatever my parents were talking about was something I didn’t understand nor could I understand at my age. Deep down I trusted that they would work it out because they knew what they were doing.
In the verse above from the shortest psalm in the whole collection of psalms, King David wrote that he did not raise his eyes too high to try to understand the ways of God. He rested in the fact that God was marvelous and great. King David was satisfied knowing that he did not need to understand everything nor did he need to be higher than God; he was content with being where he was, trusting that God knew what He was doing.
If we raise our eyes too high, our thoughts and attitudes will become too lofty for us to handle. Nothing will be good enough for us because our pride will tell us that there is always more we can attain. Pride pushes us to be the top and to be the best. Pride pushes us away from God because pride convinces us that we don’t need God. We can be our own saviors. We can be good enough and God will have to accept us for who we are.
But, we should take the approach of King David. We should humbly approach God, seeking His grace, mercy, forgiveness, etc. We should seek Him for who He is even though we don’t understand everything about Him. We should trust in Him even though we may not understand fully why He does what He does. Let us rest in His presence through Jesus, knowing that God works all things out for the good of those who love Him.
Question: Who do you trust more: yourself or Jesus?
Challenge: Read Psalm 131 and meditate on the words David wrote.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you are in control of all things. Help me rest in you always.
Ryan Reveley, League Coordinator -- Appalachian League