DayBreaks for 08/23/12 – The State of My Soul
Psalm 131:1-2a – “1 A song of ascents. Of David. My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. 2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul…”.
Is there a man or woman reading this that doesn’t, at least from time to time, feel stressed? Sometimes, my life and work are pretty stressful. No, I’m not making life and death decisions each day like a military commander, the president or a heart surgeon. But that doesn’t mean that my life and my job don’t have stress! It is just a different kind of stress – and boy! – have I had a bunch of it lately!!!! But my guess is that you have had a lot of stress in your life – perhaps the kind of stress that would make mine look paltry by comparison.
But, when we are in the middle of a stressful situation, it can feel overwhelming. The mysteries and puzzles of life can be overpowering and perplexing. I rather enjoy a good debate from time to time – and I love to speculate about things. I need sometimes to be brought crashing back to earth – to be able to say as David did, “I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.” But that wasn’t enough for David…he went on: “But I have stilled and quieted my soul…”.
Ah! There’s the rub! When is it that I become stressed out? It’s when I think that I have to solve the world’s problems (or even just my own or someone else’s!) instead of trusting God to direct my steps, to solve the problems that only He can truly solve. There are a great many matters in life that are “great matters”, or “things too wonderful for me”. I need to still and quiet my soul…to be quiet enough to hear the whisper in the wind that is God speaking to me (I Kings 19:12). I need to still and quiet my soul so that my racing, rushing heartbeat doesn’t mask the Spirit that is trying to get through to me with a message to trust God and let go of all the things that trouble and plague me.
We don’t want to have to admit when something in too great of a matter for us to deal with. It’s humbling to have to admit that we can’t resolve some perplexing problem, some vexing issue. It’s humbling to have to admit that we can’t do it all. That’s OK. Humility is a good thing for us to learn. God is good – let us trust in that so that our souls can be stilled and quieted.
PRAYER: Lord, let all who are stressed this day find peace and rest in Your goodness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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