“Gimme, gimme, gimme!” We probably do not remember the phase of our lives when we would say that, but we sure remember our children and grandchildren saying that until we or someone else would surrender and give them whatever they were asking.
This attitude should reflect and be present in the early stages of our lives. It is a time when we just wanted everything that our eyes were able to see. It did not matter if it was very expensive, dangerous, or if it belonged to somebody else. We just wanted it, and our parents were supposed to get it for us.
Thank God, we grew up, and things changed, at least for some of us. Unfortunately, some have not experienced that growth yet. We are watching on TV and the internet people doing crazy things to get what they want. They just feel entitled to those things. Sadly, some are resorting to robbery, not because they need, but because they just want.
In Psalm 131 David is talking about The True Contentment, in verse 1 he tells us that True Contentment is the fruit of humility, but in verse 2 he tells one more thing that True Contentment is.
2 – IT IS THE FRUIT OF GROWTH – The second thing that David shares with us about contentment is that contentment is the fruit of personal growth. This is what he wrote in verse 2: “ But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” You have to grow to be able to overcome pride and selfishness. David in this verse gives us two ways of how to do that. Let us take a look at them.
A – Stilled and Quieted Soul – The first thing that David mentions is that he quieted and stilled his soul. This is what we must do with our souls, to make it quiet and still. When we grow and mature, we will be able to calm down our soul. All the desires and dreams that we have will be put in the right place and under supervision. We will be able to shush that instinct to go and get whatever we want, even if it is far from our reach, or we are not supposed to have it. It is the ability to pause and evaluate if we really need it or if we can afford it.
B – Tranquil Like a Child with His Mother – The second step is the attitude of someone who knows that he/she will have everything that he/she needs to live. After calming down our souls we need to understand that we will not die or the world will not end if we do not have those things. David tells us that his soul is like a child weaned from his/her mother. He will be able to be tranquil and quiet because the source for everything that he needs is right there with him. God will not let you be without what you really need, and the emphasis here is “REALLY NEED.” We must learn how to rest in the Lord, knowing that He will take care of us and our needs. As we grow in our relationship with the Lord, we will be able to trust in Him to supply our needs more and more.
Have a blessed week,