Peace In Life’s Struggles

Tim Hanson
Friday, Dec 2, 2016 | Psalms 131

Throughout the Advent season, we will explore the book of Psalms. As you study and reflect, please note that there will be no "Digging Deeper" section.

Getting Started

If you are like me, you sometimes just feel uneasy. Life takes a “wrong turn” and everything is up in the air, uncertain. Maybe you can’t put your finger on the exact cause—maybe you can—but you know for sure your heart is not settled. Surely David must have felt like this at times, too. It could not have been easy for David to wait for God to fulfill his promise to make him king over Israel, especially when King Saul was still king (and trying to kill him). Perhaps David felt deeply unsettled the day he went to take supplies to his brothers and Goliath walked out, or even more so, when Bathsheba’s firstborn was dying. 

  • Remember a time when it seemed as though your world was crumbling all around you. How did you handle it?

Read the Word

Psalms 131 (ESV)

 A Song of Ascents. Of David.

131 O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;

     my eyes are not raised too high;

   I do not occupy myself with things

     too great and too marvelous for me.

2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul,

     like a weaned child with its mother;

     like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 O Israel, hope in the Lord

     from this time forth and forevermore.

English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Respond to God

Walking with God through life, David learned how to be at peace. He easily could have killed Saul once (1 Samuel 24), but he humbled himself, waiting for God to exalt him. Like the weaned child who had matured past the fidgety baby stage of demanding to be fed on demand by its mama, David had reached the point where he could simply rest in peace near God, while waiting for God’s timing in his life. God did move, though not necessarily when David might have preferred. This bred confidence in David’s heart that he could trust God, no matter what his circumstances were. And David wanted God’s people to share that same hope. As we face life’s challenges, may we do so through humility (vs. 1), tranquility (vs. 2), and stability (vs.3).

  • Father, help me to walk humbly with you, accepting your will for my life, resting in your presence, and trusting you for the outcome.