Read | Psalm 131

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.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord
    both now and forevermore.

Respond | Ian Graham

God welcomes the questions, the protests, the probing of the big things. When we look to the heavens shaking our fist pleading and asking, “why?” God is not mocked or dishonored. But the point of the questions, of concerning ourselves with great matters, is that they would be a doorway to trust and intimacy with God. Here, we have perhaps one of the most intimate scenes that we experience as humans transposed into our life with God: that of a child who no longer needs immediate sustenance from her mother. God is trying to carve through all the noise of even our best thoughts to simply be with us. The psalmist declares to us is that this is the way peace and hope, both now and forevermore. 


Practice: Sit in silence. Imagine God is sitting with you, delighting over you, content to be with you. Use this phrase: “help me to hope in you, now and forevermore” as a centering prayer to keep your mind tethered in this moment.