I Choose to be Still
Verse 2 But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.
David continues his prayer of praise based on his understanding of God and His place in our lives. Today’s verse is a reminder of some key steps we need to take for true, undistracted worship.
David had told yesterday of how he remembered that he wasn’t worthy to worship God on his own merit. Today he turns to reveal the peace he has found in being fully surrendered to God and His ways. David was a man of war and so knew the importance of keeping it together when he didn’t feel it. He had come to understand that the same mental peace that was needed in times of war was also needed in the spiritual battles that we face.
This spiritual peace of mind comes from being at peace with God and it doesn’t happen just by chance. David points out that he has had to make the choice to keep himself calm and quieted. This is something that each of us needs to learn to do. If we don’t learn to quiet ourselves through trusting the Lord with our thoughts and emotions, we will never know peace.
David says that he is able to be calm like a child with its mother. There is a comfort in knowing our mothers are near when we are small and sometimes even when we are older. This is the example that David used to show the kind of peace he has. Just as a child feels more comfortable with their mom near, David knows that God is always near and that knowledge gives him the peace he needs to choose to have a calm heart.
David says he has calmed and quieted himself and we have already said that takes making the choice but what about those thoughts that keep popping up and disturbing our peace? We need to learn to deal with those. Where are they coming from and why are they coming? It is likely that they are thoughts that are from the enemy. He wants us to be unsettled because we are easier to mess with and win battles over if we don’t have peace of mind and heart. Remember David had this peace of mind because of a choice to rest in the knowledge of God and His power. We need to make that choice too.
Making It Personal
What keeps you from having a calm heart and mind? Why does that thing have control over you in your thoughts? How do you fight for the calm?
Making It Personal Kids
How can you choose to be calm in your heart? Why is it important to be calm in your heart? How does knowing Jesus help keep you calm?
Father, thank You for giving us the knowledge about Yourself that can bring us peace. Help us see truth so that we can choose the peace of heart that is available through Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.