Keep it Simple.

I was reading Psalm 131 during my morning devotionals and God spoke to my heart through it so loudly that I wanted to share it with you. It is a short psalm, only three verses. Verse 1 (NKJV) says, “Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Nether do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me.” As I read this, I heard the words that live between the lines of the verse.  They said to me, “Keep life simple!” Now, that is not always easy. We tend to complicate things, especially when we succumb to our pride and attempt to be somebody who we are not, nor were ever designed by God to be.

Verse 2 (NKJV) says, “Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me.” The first verse, as I have said, sent me the message to keep it simple. This second verse, reminded me that nobody else will keep it simple for me. I must make it an act of my will to calm my emotions, step on my pride and not think of myself more highly than I ought to think. (That is a warning from Romans, Chapter 12, Verse 3.) Putting these thoughts from Verses 1-2 together gave me this message. Listen carefully. “Keep it simple by keeping yourself humble and filled with a child-like perspective on life.”

This psalm was written by King David for his people to hear. His final verse says, “O Israel, hope in the Lord From this time forth and forever.” When I put this final verse into today’s context, and connect it to the first two verse, it tells me I should place all my hopes in God’s hands. Then, I can deal with what the day offers me with an attitude of childlike simplicity and trust in God. Well, that’s it. Think about this. Then, let your day be filled with hope, simplicity, and trust in God.

Simple Thoughts on Psalm 131