Wrestle or Nestle? – Hope 103.2

Wrestle or Nestle?

Read Psalm 131Psalm 131 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 quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a […]

By David ReayMonday 6 May 2019LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 2 minutes

Read Psalm 131

Psalm 131
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 quieted 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 forevermore. (NIV)

We often say how good it is to be able to go to God when we are in desperate need. He will always be there to hear us and sustain us. The Psalms are full of such declarations of need and cries for help. So nothing at all wrong with all that.

But here we have a different sort of Psalm. The writer seems to have no immediate or urgent need of God. He is like a weaned child with its mother. A weaned child is not frantically grasping at the mother for milk. The weaned child simply wants to be with the mother. As has been neatly put: the child wants to nestle not wrestle.

It is important that we don’t view God as simply a source of help in trouble. Though he is that, he is far more than that. We need to be careful not to relate to him merely as someone to meet our legitimate needs. Though we trust him to do that too.

Our God is not a means to an end. There will be times for an urgent plea for help. But there will also be times to simply rest in him, not laying a list of demands before him. After all, how would we feel if someone who claimed to love us only came to us when they wanted something from us?

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