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Psalm 131

We began our summer series in the Psalms with Psalm 131. It reads,

     “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;

          like a weaned child is my soul within me.

     O Israel, hope in the LORD

          from this time forth and forevermore.” - Psalm 131:1-3 ESV

With the power of Jesus Christ at work in us we can know this calm and this quietness of soul. As we bow our hearts instead of elevating them, as we learn peace through the Spirit's work in us, and as we look to the LORD, and not to our circumstances as the source of a calm and quiet soul, we can enjoy what David enjoyed. May the God of all peace grant you His peace this week, dear friends. It's ours in Jesus! Below are two quotes from Sunday that some of you asked for.

     “After all, Jesus and David were both kingdom-builders who expected- and achieved- huge things in the midst of commotion and trouble. They experienced pressure, joy, heartache, outrage, affection, and   courage. So Psalm 131’s inner quiet comes in the midst of actions, relationships, and problems.” - David Powlison, "Seeing with New Eyes", pg. 77.

     “Being lofty or high is dangerous because objectively, in itself, it suggests a challenge to the one who is lofty and high, and because subjectively it is almost impossible to be lofty and high without becoming people who see themselves as impressive and important, as godlets. The difference between God and us is that God never thinks he is us. So the wise person flees becoming important, knowing it is almost certain to mean peril and downfall." - John Goldingay, "Psalms", pg. 535.

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