my eyes are not raised too high; The apron strings have been cut. O Israel, hope in the Lord. Verse 2 is David’s very intentional composure of soul — calm, quiet, contentment his heart. Psalm 131:2Self-denial of some kind or other is involved, as is evident, in the very notion of renewal and holy obedience. And the next day, as things fall apart, we’ll be running to him overwhelmed in a panic. If we listen to the Apostle Paul, we will learn that the function of church leaders is not to keep administering baby food, but to see to it that the church family grows up. I love it because it holds up a reality that I long for more and more. Here the setting of Psalm 131 proves instructive, as we may notice that the psalm builds on the foundation of Psalm 130. chase stardom. Intro: Let me ask you: “Are you content, or are you anxious?” “Do you feel that your deepest needs are being met?” This psalm is about learning to be fully content in God Himself. about in Matthew 18:3. If you look at the miseries of our broken and dysfunctional inner cities, for example, one of the deepest roots is the loss of hope. It is a mystery to me why some Christians therefore seem to give up on the spiritual diet and exercise that are required for growing in grace. They meet our deepest need of a restored relationship with God, of a trusting intimacy with the Lord, and of the assurance that we are fully accepted, welcomes and adopted in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross. There is nothing bright and beautiful about these ways of conceiving humility. A song of ascents. David is the author, but the circumstances are not apparent. Where does each one of us need to adjust our balance? Our ambition must be for the glory of God, not ourselves. Corinthians | 2 But there is a connection: Since I have found my contentment, my calm, quiet soul-satisfaction by turning to the Lord, and resting in his power and grace and wisdom, therefore I now call all Israel, “Join me in this! John | 2 Whatever you have found with the Lord, don’t you want it for the church? O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; This psalm is titled A Song of Ascents. 131 nurtures a calm confidence and a quiet strength which knows the difference between unruly arrogance and faithful aspiration; knows how to discriminate between infantile dependency and childlike trust, and chooses to aspire and to trust. Bible Verse; Newest; Oldest; Most Viewed; Most Shared; Message. So that when we say: My contentment is in God, we mean something glorious by “God.” We mean something glorious by the “Lord.”. He doesn’t mean he’s the source of his joy and calm. soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned in your own opinion.”, One is not overly concerned with acquiring wealth, but Motyer puts it this way: “All’s well; the world is safe; what more could anyone want? Thessalonians, 1 Timothy | 2 John | 3 And Psalm 131 is a psalm of humility where the psalmist comes to a place of quiet contentment in God’s presence. is a key to that inheritance. 130:7). Say to the world of Ray Rice abuses, and ISIL beheadings, and Ferguson tensions, and untold family upheaval — tell that world: Hope in the Lord. Like a weaned child, his soul no longer frets for that which he used to depend upon and need; instead, he has been set free from self-seeking. Because the writer speaks of being ‘like a weaned child’. , you will find the Lord speaking to Baruch. In Romans 15:20, he wrote that it was his ambition to preach the gospel to those who had never heard it. (Luke 18:9-14)  One does not ‘Balance is not a biblical word’ – well, yes, but that’s what JWs say about the word ‘Trinity’. A Christian Hedonist is not a person who believes that pleasure is the highest good, or the meaning of virtue — as if you have lived the good life if you have found a lot pleasure. And so He weans us. ( Log Out /  He is satisfied. Third, Psalm 33:18, “Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those . The original singers of Ps. What are the associations in David’s mind when he says, “Hope in the Lord”? But some emphasise that intimacy with God to such an extent that they become matey with God and miss the importance of his terrifying holiness. bring down haughty looks.”, Arrogance and conceit must be removed in order to lead I assigned Jeremiah Burroughs’ book, Rare Jewell of Christian Contentment, to my class on Philippians and have been reading it again. It is very inspiring and very touching! He said stabilisers were harmful to children’s attempts at cycling proficiency. How, then, would I encourage us to live? I. Let’s look at the other sin addressed in Ps. Comparing all the Psalms to gems, we should liken this to a pearl: how beautifully it will adorn the neck of patience. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The child may not necessarily like the weaning, but. In Him alone we are satisfied. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. . And it is therefore a great privilege to be here say some of what God says about it. No, this came from the natural heat of his body. the Lord; For with the Lord there is mercy, And with Him So because I had a bad sense of balance, my parents never bought me a bike and to this day I still cannot ride one. of Salvation | FAQS, Twitter | FaceBook | Pinterest | YouTube | Blogger | Live Note how 131:3 repeats 130:7. Of David. 11:15-19 “The Glorious Conclusion in the Middle” Rev. He has moved from desiring things from the Lord to desiring God alone as His treasure. in time the child learns that it can go on without the nursing. Please feel free . Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance Psalm 131 Yet too often our ambition is self-seeking and sinfully proud. How many of us feel more discouraged, more tired, more isolated, and more prone to grumble than ever? God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. But one sure sign of the immature Christian is the person who forever demands to be fed spiritually and makes little effort to feed themselves. Hope for what I have just described in verse 2: Hope for a deep, sweet, quiet, calm supreme contentment in God. Alec Motyer comments “If it occurred to you to wonder how we could ever rest, unworried, calm, content, in the Lord’s presence, as in Ps. Seek the calmness of your soul. I do not aspire to great matters or things too lofty for me. They involve on the one hand a downward move and on the other an upward move. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. Some Christians can think altogether too much of themselves and need a dose of humility. Psalm 131 is about a kind of contentment, or stillness, or quietness of soul, that is rooted not in circumstances, but in God — a God who never changes in his utter commitment to us in Christ. ( Log Out /  Remember that although Jesus told Simon Peter to feed his sheep, it is also true that the Lord our shepherd in Psalm 23 simply takes the sheep to the green pastures: the assumption is that the sheep get on with feeding themselves. His link between the two is to call us to think of ourselves with sober judgement (Romans 12:3). of Christ Bible Studies, Daily Bible Reader | Bible Reference | Plan Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten these were psalms that the ancient Israelites. and are free to everyone. Seek the quietness of your soul. And he called all Israel to join him in this soul-satisfaction. And in 1 Thess. In a special episode, Pastor John explains the theory’s goals, assumptions, and root problem. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. No: a mature Christian is a growing Christian. Growing in grace is not merely for the keen Christians, it is for all who might be disciples. Not “I have produced it,” but “I have pursued it.”. those who hope in his steadfast love.” And we have seen that when David says, “O Israel, hope in the Lord,” he means: Join me in my child-like enjoyment of the Lord. Sermon: Psalm 131, A Question Of Balance. Of David. Mature Christians are those who are never satisfied with the level of their spiritual lives. John Piper Sep 14, 2014 598 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring God. for God to hear his prayers, and The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews got frustrated with his readers about this very issue. David renounces all that, he says, in verse 1, and does so at three levels: the level of feeling, the level of appearing, and the level of acting. Bible | Church It is very inspiring 6 My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. © 2020 The Maple Glen Church — All Rights Reserved. If humility means a certain growing down, our second element, maturity, is about growing up. Let’s make clear what we don’t mean by humility. And so he weans us. ( Log Out /  Jesus is superior to every kind of rule, authority, and dominion that you will find in any culture, any nation, among any people, anywhere in the world. So I love this truth. In 2 Cor. Quiet your soul by resting in the promise of his presence.”. It is no easy thing to quiet your own soul. The owner of the local cycle shop wouldn’t sell bikes with stabilisers.