Weaned from arrogance: Psalm 131

I love reading the Psalms, and the other day I was particularly captivated by Psalm 131, the depth of its humble simplicity and the actual challenge it poses for us in modern day life, for my life in any event. 

Psalm 131

A song of ascents. Of David.

1 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.
2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
3 Israel, put your hope in the LORD
both now and forevermore.

As a father I remember well how babies cry. Upon that cry it is comforted by giving it the breast or a bottle, a change of diaper, or just by being held close.

What attracted me so much about this Psalm I guess is the spiritual change that has taken place within David. What you quickly learn as a parent is that a  weaned child leaves the initiative with the parents. It stops crying and is at peace in the knowledge or trust that it will be fed at the right time again. David became weaned like a child with its mother, calm and content, at peace.

As a result, he is no longer concerned with matters too “wonderful” or as other translations read ” too great” for him. I understand that as being occupied with matters that are actually not his concern at all, to big to take care of by himself or that are out of his hands.

We too could consider, and I am, that perhaps we should allow God to wean us from our natural arrogance that leads us to think that we are in control, that leads us to look for answers to problems that are not ours to solve, that leads us to think that we can take care of everything on our own strength. It is in this leaving the initiative with God, actually becoming childlike again (loving, dependent, and trusting, open to the world and new learning and understanding) that I found myself opened up to actually receive and learn beyond what I could ever have done myself with my needs taken care of and in a state of peace and calmness I had not known before. That is, come to think of it quite something considering the challenging circumstances here in Christchurch, New Zealand (another 5.5 aftershock the other day).

In the Lord’s prayer we ask God to give us our daily bread and that is what it comes down to I guess. Instead of trying on our own strength for more and more (our wants instead of needs), let God take care of or needs. I sounds simple and straightforward but I have found it to be one of the greatest challenges ever.
We we live in a society and world that makes us believe that we are in the center of the universe, that we are in control and that through our own efforts we can take care of our own needs, that we are in fact little gods. Such a frame of mind will result eventually in pride and arrogance making us believe that we have the answer to anything, can solve anything and need none other than ourselves to take care of our needs and wants. In fact we are made to believe that we can be our own idols that if we follow the path of the next self-help guru, we can be little gods ourselves. I know because I have been there and my journey to Christianity (back home) is filled with examples of it.

This change (like David) has been part of my journey, of becoming a Christian in the first place and in the past years poses a challenge on a daily basis still. It took me some time to realize that I was working things the wrong way around. It all  is not about my agenda and my purpose for God but the other way around: His agenda and purpose for me, trusting that He probably knows better. From the moment of this realization and my (as good and as bad as I could) acting upon it things started to change and for the better. It is in this humble and dependent approach that I have found the answers to many of the questions I could not find the answer to myself, it is in this state of meekness that I have found myself stronger and most of all at peace in the knowledge that I am being looked after and it is in this state of trust that I have heard and found my calling. I may not have understood it at times, I may not have seen the logic of what was coming but I trusted and things have been changing for the better every day. That does not mean a life without challenges but it did mean being better equipped for and protected against what life is throwing at us, physically and spiritually.

I have not been disappointed and have been looked after better than I could ever have done myself with all my needs taken care of. If you don’t believe me, I suggest you give it an honest try.

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Announcement: DAVID SILVER (from Jerusalem) on The Church, Israel & End Times

Saturday 13 November (Show Weekend)

FREE Seminar from 9am to 12noon (Offering taken)

Where: Riccarton Baptist Church, 80 Rattray St

as well as Public Gospel Event with David on WHY ARE THE EYES OF THE WORLD ON ISRAEL?

Friday 12 November @ Burnside High – 7.30pm (free event)

Hosted by Harmony Church, Riccarton Baptist Church & Others

Check out www.harmony.org.nz or call Wilton on 03-384 0906

Max Palmer, Life Resources
Gideon Hoekendijk, Harmony Church
Paul Cossey, Riccarton Baptist Church
Sally Cowie, Christ’s Church Pray
Frankie Victor, Aliyah Fellowship

David and Josie Silver are Kiwi’s who live on Mt Carmel in northern Israel. David is the founder / director of Out of Zion Ministries www.out-of-zion.com after being involved in evangelism campaigns in Russia and Central Asia. For the last ten years he has travelled to many different countries teaching the Church about God’s plans and purposes for Israel and the Biblical relationship of the true Church to Israel and the Jewish people.

David is the author of the book “A Slow Train Coming” and his wife Josie heads up an email based international intercession network, INTERCESSORS FOR THE RESTORATION OF ISRAEL (I.R.I.), which includes an annual 7day prayer summit in Israel with intercessors coming from all around the world. This network focuses on praying in the things that will bring about the full restoration of Israel, thus hastening the coming of the Messiah and bringing real peace to Israel and the World!, and is currently involved in an intercessory watch up on Mt. Carmel.

Dead Sea Scrolls Online

I don’t know about you but I recall having read to several of the translations available online of the Dead Sea Scrolls. I also recall seeing the pictures and wondering how fantastic it would be for those not nearby to be able to access these scrolls for study.

How exciting it must be for scholars and others to read the following news.

Source: Reuters

Dead Sea Scrolls Going Digital on Internet

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(Photo: Sections of the Dead Sea scrolls at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, May 14, 2008/Baz Ratner)

Scholars and anyone with an Internet connection will be able to take a new look into the Biblical past through an online archive of high-resolution images of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls.

Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), the custodian of the scrolls that shed light on the life of Jews and early Christians at the time of Jesus, said on Tuesday it was collaborating with Google’s research and development center in Israel to upload digitized images of the entire collection.

Advanced imaging technology will be installed in the IAA’s laboratories early next year and high-resolution images of each of the scrolls’ 30,000 fragments will be freely accessible on the Internet. The IAA conducted a pilot imaging project in 2008.

“The images will be equal in quality to the actual physical viewing of the scrolls, thus eliminating the need for re-exposure of the Scrolls and allowing their preservation for future generations,”the Authority said in a statement.

It said that the new technology would help to expose writing that has faded over the centuries and promote further research into one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century.

The scrolls, most of them on parchment, are the oldest copies of the Hebrew Bible and include secular text dating from the third century BC to the first century AD. For many years after Bedouin shepherds first came upon the scrolls in caves near the Dead Sea in 1947, only a small number of scholars were allowed to view the fragments.  But access has since been widened and they were published in their entirety nine years ago. A few large pieces of scroll are on permanent display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

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(Photo: A preservationist works on a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls in a laboratory in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem October 18, 2010/Baz Ratner)

See also our earlier posts on the Dead Sea Scrolls –

Israel rejects Jordanian bid to claim Dead Sea Scrolls

Sorting through a digital history