April 1 (Lent, Day 31): I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul

April 1 (Lent, Day 31): I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul

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Chris Rowekamp

“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. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.”
—Psalm 131:1-2 NIV


These words are a great example of a healthy relationship with God.

Not prideful, but calm and quiet in God’s presence.

And like a weaned child who no longer drinks its mother’s milk: still fully dependent on its mother, but no longer demanding that she fulfill its every need.

That is how we should be with God.

There will, of course, be moments when we need to cry out to God and bring our troubles before him. That’s part of the biblical model of prayer.

But our goal should be to reach a place of calm and quiet in his presence.

To no longer see God as a “cosmic vending machine” that exists to satisfy our every whim but to simply enjoy being with him.

Take a moment to quiet your soul and be present to God today.

Here is a simple prayer to carry with you today:

Inhale: God,
Exhale: I just want to be with you.

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