This sermon was based on Psalm 131.
I have Calmed and Quieted my Soul
- David says that his heart is not proud and this contributes to the calming of his soul.
- We see this reflected in 1 Peter 5:6-7 where we are shown that we can cast our anxieties on Jesus and humbling ourselves is an important part of that.
- Pride is the killer of our calm. God opposes our pride. Humble yourselves. God wants to bless us with his grace, He wants us to live under His mighty hand, but we must first humble ourselves.
In this psalm David has learned where his contentment comes from and, perhaps more importantly where his contentment has not come from. David is the King of Israel. He is a great warrior, a great King, a great leader, inexorably wealthy. He could have anything in the world. But his contentment comes from his relationship with the Lord, it comes from his closeness with God, it comes from trusting in the Father.
Philippians 4: 6-7 says: ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’
Contentment does not mean happiness. Nowhere in the bible does it say that life has no troubles. It doesn’t say there’s nothing to be afraid of, there’s no reason to worry, that no difficulties will come. We will not be happy all the time. We can be content, however, we can be satisfied in the Lord, with his supernatural peace that doesn’t make sense, that doesn’t look normal to the outside world, that doesn’t seem possible or logical, resting on us.
Hope in the Lord
Proverbs 3:5 says ‘Trust in the Lord, do not lean on your own understanding.’ The bible tells us that God’s peace transcends our understanding. When we trust in the Lord, God gives us His supernatural peace. Through trusting in the Lord, we can be peaceful, calm, quiet. We can take back our mind through hoping in the Lord.
We can take back our minds, our worrying, our anxiety, our fear, by humbling our hearts, by contenting our souls and by, most importantly, hoping in the Lord. And all of these things are done through prayer, petition and casting our anxieties on God.