As I was reading Psalm 131 (NKJV) during my morning devotionals, God spoke so loudly through it that I wanted to share it with you. It is a short psalm, only three verses. The first verse 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 Verse 1, its words said to me, “Keep life simple!” That is not always easy. We tend to complicate things, especially when we succumb to our pride and attempt to be somebody we are not, nor were ever designed by God to be.
The second verse 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.” This reminded me that nobody else can, or will keep it simple for me. I must make calm my own emotions, step on my own pride and not think of myself more highly than I ought to think. (That is a warning from Romans 12:3.) Putting together these thoughts from Verses 1 and 2 gave me this message. “Keep it simple by keeping yourself humble and filled with a child-like perspective on life.” That is not the end of it. There is one more verse to share with you.
The third verse of Psalm 131 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 verses, it tells me to place all my hopes in God’s hands. Then, I can keep life simple as I deal with whatever the day offers me with an attitude of childlike simplicity and trust in God. I’m Dr. Bob. Think about what it would take you to fill your day with hope, simplicity and trust in God.