Day16

The Quiet Confidence of Faith



Psalm 131:1-3

BY She Reads Truth

Scripture Reading: Psalm 131

The Christian life is a climb—a journey of constant growth, sacrifice, and trusting God for what we cannot see. As Eugene Peterson said, we are pilgrims, but we are also disciples—always moving and always learning. The Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134) were sung by worshipers as they made the journey up to Jerusalem for the annual feasts. In this 3-week reading plan, we are digging into these traveling songs with the help of short summary essays and thoughtful, reflective questions for each psalm. Take your pack on your shoulder and walk with us as we pursue God together.

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Psalm 131 (CSB)
A CHILDLIKE SPIRIT
A song of ascents. Of David.

1 LORD, my heart is not proud;
my eyes are not haughty.
I do not get involved with things
too great or too wondrous for me.
2 Instead, I have calmed and quieted my soul
like a weaned child with its mother;
my soul is like a weaned child.

3 Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
both now and forever.

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A Song About the Gift of Limits
The pilgrim-disciple acknowledges that while she is a person with limits, she also has a place among God’s people.

We do not have to justify our worth or earn our place before God. When we grasp this, we begin to trust that growing comfortable with our sense of place is part of God’s good gift to us. This frees us to not only be at peace with our limitations, but to actually extol their virtues.

Reflect
1.In your experience, what does the world say must be true about you for you to have worth?

2. Why do you think God gives us limits? What are some of yours?

3. What are some of the values of having limitations? How do your limits help you?

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  1. Molly Gilbane says:

    The pressure the world puts on us in order to feel worthy is constant. Get your education, get a job, get married, have babies, raise a family— all while maintaining a thin, beautiful body and wearing gorgeous clothes. The weight of it all can sometimes feel crushing. But the Lord frees us and loves us despite our inadequacies. He welcomes us to His table, just as we are. What a relief! Lord, please help me to extend myself & others the same grace and unconditional love that you bestow upon us.

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