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Thought for the Day by Ben Martin (Curate)
What is a perfect picture of contentment?
A BBQ and cold drink on a hot day?
Catching up with a friend at a coffee shop?
Going for a summers walk on the seafront as the sun sets?
Psalm 131 verse 2 gives us one of the most beautiful pictures to describe contentment…
But I have calmed and quietened myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. (v2)
A weaned child who simply wants to sit on their mothers lap, not because they want anything, but because they simply want to sit on their mothers lap.
And the challenge of the Psalm is for us to do exactly that. Sit, not on our mother’s lap, but our heavenly Father.
King David, who wrote the Psalm, knows there are things too wonderful for him to know (verse 1), but that’s ok, because the thing he really wants to do is sit on his Father’s lap and so he encourages everyone to do the same (verse 3).
So what about you… in the hustle and bustle of life… in the busyness and age of information… what is your place of contentment? A finished to do list? Or simply sitting on your Father’s lap?
Why not reflect on the words of Psalm 131 today…
A song of ascents. Of David.
1 My heart is not proud, Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have calmed and quietened myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
3 Israel, put your hope in the Lord
both now and for evermore.
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