Knowing Calm in the Storm
Psalm 131
What do we do when the storms of life come? We can know calm, if our hope is in the Lord.
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Published November 20th, 2015
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Is it really possible to know calm when the storms of life hit? I'm sure we've all had those moments of stress and anxiety, whether it's a crying baby or a life threating diagnosis, a spilt drink or a terror attack. Big or small, our peace can flee so quickly! In Psalm 131 David gives us a beautiful picture of calm, as well as the means by which we can know it! He begins by telling us what not to do (v.1). Isn't it true that most of our stress and anxiety comes from things that we just have no control over (the traffic jam, the response of others, the health result)? So often we occupy ourselves with things that are simply too great and marvellous for us! And what good does it do?! Jesus said 'And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life' (Mt. 6:27). The reality is, it actually reveals pride in our hearts when we try to fight for control of the things we simply have no say in. So what should we do? David gives us the answer in (v.2). Instead of imagining our capacities are more than they are, we humble ourselves. You maybe know what it is to be in a trial, you stress and fret, and then come to that point where you realise you can't do a thing about it. And all that's left is a calm acceptance. David wants us to practice that reality from the beginning. To bypass the pride of thinking we can sort things, and instead be calm, be still. And the picture he gives us is a powerful one! That of a weaned child. The weaning process can be a tough one! Before it, the little one is restless, it wants fed, it just can't be still with it's Mother. But afterwards there's a change, simply the Mother's presence is enough is bring calm. When the storms hit, we need to be like a weaned child. Not constantly needing to know the next step, or the reason why. But rather being calm and quiet just knowing He is with us. But how do we get there? David I think gives us the answer in v.3 . Here he calls on his readers to hope. This calm and quietness of the soul comes about in a certain manner, and that manner is through hoping. And it's not a vague hope, rather it's placed in the Lord! The one who is, and has always been. The one who knows the end from the beginning. In the previous Psalm 130, this hope is fleshed out a little more in v.7 'O Israel hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. All our hoping in the Lord finds it's ground in the gospel. Because of Jesus we can now face every storm with a calm assurance that the Lord is our Father, nothing will separate us from His love ( Rom. 8:39 ). Through the blood of Jesus we have been bought ( Eph. 1:7 ), and when He buys us, He keeps us, regardless of what troubles surround us. Is it really possible to know calm when the storms of life hit? Yes! Hope in the Lord, today, tomorrow, and forevermore!
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1446326761301 Article 1447775403 1448035080 Is it really possible to know calm when the storms of life hit? I'm sure we've all had those moments of stress and anxiety, whether it's a crying baby or a life threating diagnosis, a spilt drink or a terror attack. Big or small, our peace can flee so quickly! In Psalm 131 David gives us a beautiful picture of calm, as well as the means by which we can know it! He begins by telling us what not to do (v.1). Isn't it true that most of our stress and anxiety comes from things that we just have no control over (the traffic jam, the response of others, the health result)? So often we occupy ourselves with things that are simply too great and marvellous for us! And what good does it do?! Jesus said 'And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life' (Mt. 6:27). The reality is, it actually reveals pride in our hearts when we try to fight for control of the things we simply have no say in. So what should we do? David gives us the answer in (v.2). Instead of imagining our capacities are more than they are, we humble ourselves. You maybe know what it is to be in a trial, you stress and fret, and then come to that point where you realise you can't do a thing about it. And all that's left is a calm acceptance. David wants us to practice that reality from the beginning. To bypass the pride of thinking we can sort things, and instead be calm, be still. And the picture he gives us is a powerful one! That of a weaned child. The weaning process can be a tough one! Before it, the little one is restless, it wants fed, it just can't be still with it's Mother. But afterwards there's a change, simply the Mother's presence is enough is bring calm. When the storms hit, we need to be like a weaned child. Not constantly needing to know the next step, or the reason why. But rather being calm and quiet just knowing He is with us. But how do we get there? David I think gives us the answer in v.3 . Here he calls on his readers to hope. This calm and quietness of the soul comes about in a certain manner, and that manner is through hoping. And it's not a vague hope, rather it's placed in the Lord! The one who is, and has always been. The one who knows the end from the beginning. In the previous Psalm 130, this hope is fleshed out a little more in v.7 'O Israel hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. All our hoping in the Lord finds it's ground in the gospel. Because of Jesus we can now face every storm with a calm assurance that the Lord is our Father, nothing will separate us from His love ( Rom. 8:39 ). Through the blood of Jesus we have been bought ( Eph. 1:7 ), and when He buys us, He keeps us, regardless of what troubles surround us. Is it really possible to know calm when the storms of life hit? Yes! Hope in the Lord, today, tomorrow, and forevermore! notes 11447775403953
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Psalms 131:1-3
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O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
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I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.
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But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
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O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.
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We can know peace in the midst of troubles, as we hope in the Lord
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1446326761301 Discourse - Arc 1447885492 1448035454 editing OT 19 131 1 131 3 Psalms 131:1-3 esv i1303470 i1303471 i1303472 i1303473 i1303463 O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; i1303464 my eyes are not raised too high; series i1303465 I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. ideaexplanation 1 i1303474 i1303466 But I have calmed and quieted my soul, i1303475 i1303467 like a weaned child with its mother; i1303468 like a weaned child is my soul within me. ideaexplanation 1 comparison 1 negativepositive 2 i1303469 O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. actionmanner 1 We can know peace in the midst of troubles, as we hope in the Lord 1 1 1 esv 25 a 50 80 discourse 11447885492325
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