In the last post, we took a brief look at submission to God’s Lordship as described in Psalm 95. We learned that we ought to praise God by submitting to Him as Lord– THE Shepherd of our lives! In this post, I’d like us to take a look at another Psalm which describes submissive dependence.
“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. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.” — Psalm 131, NIV84
So here are some questions for consideration…
Do we recognize that we have nothing to boast of in ourselves?
Do we recognize that we are not our own?
Do we recognize that our hope rests in God alone?
“And He said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”” (Matthew 18:3, NIV84).
“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”” (Matthew 19:14, NIV84).
The New American Standard Bible puts verse two like this: “Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child rests against his mother, my soul is like a weaned child within me” (Psalm 131).
Like children, are our souls at peace resting in submissive dependence on God our Father?
Like children, are we content to humbly trust God our Father with our all?
We can’t live, move, or breathe without Him (Act. 17:28)! We are utterly dependent on God for our sustenance, our survival, our salvation! Do we recognize that? Oh, how we are in need of Christ Jesus!
“If this life has anything to gain at all I count it lost if I can’t hear You, feel You, ’cause I need You. Can’t walk this earth alone. I recognize I am not my own, so before I fall I need to hear You, feel You, as I live to make my boast in You alone” (Lecrae, “Boasting”).
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