Quiet Rest

But I have calmed and quieted my soul, 

like a weaned child with its mother; 

like a weaned child is my soul within me.

–Psalm 131:2

It is beautiful to see seeing a child sweetly cuddled up to her mother. What begins with a loud, piercing cry of hunger quickly moves to confidence and satisfaction as the mother nurses her little one. All the baby needs is to turn her face toward her mother to receive all she needs. After her little belly is full, she may slip into a calm and peaceful sleep – all is well.

The psalmist sees in this picture something of his own life with God. At times, life seems full of trouble and nearly hopeless. Yet God is there to nurse our souls as we drink in His presence and feast on His Word. Like a child, though, we may go into fits of screaming with such focus on our desires that we cannot hear the gentle voice of our God calling us to turn our heads and be filled by Him.

With God as our Nurturer, there is no need that cannot be supplied by Him. There are no difficulties in which we can’t go to Him for strength and hope. When troubles arise, may we calm and quiet our soul as we reflect on His Word. May we begin to picture ourselves sweetly held by our Almighty Father. May we turn our heads to Him to be filled and find quiet rest.

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