I first published this one in November in 2009, shortly after a time, because of unusually traumatizing circumstances, when I believed I was approaching a nervous breakdown. I wrestled with God through Psalm 131 and saw Him bring me out on the other side.
This question is one I asked myself not long ago when my soul was not quiet. In agony I turned to Psalm 131. “Lord, how can I quiet my soul?”
Until that time of weaning, often as late as three years old, the Hebrew child knew confidently where to find his comfort and satisfaction: at his mother’s breast.
Then the time of weaning comes. Sometimes the mother says “Wait.” Sometimes she denies him altogether. And because he doesn’t understand her purpose or her goal, his soul can become tumultuous. Anxiety can fill his heart, even to the point of raging against his mother, against the world.
He thinks that what he wants is his mother’s milk, his mother’s breast. But what he really wants is comfort and satisfaction.
Then he learns that the satisfaction can come in a world of God-given provisions that he had never before experienced, that he never even knew existed. And he learns to find comfort in his mother on a whole new level of relationship, sitting on the loving lap, touching the loving face, of the very one who had denied him the thing he thought he needed.
And his soul becomes quiet. He is satisfied, comforted, happy. The entire community sees and rejoices. The Hebrews would even throw a party to rejoice that the weaned child had taken an important step on the way to maturity.
Oh, Lord, my heart is not haughty. I will not rage when You deny me the thing I think I need. Oh Lord, my eyes are not lifted up. I bow my head and cover my mouth. When I don’t understand Your purpose or Your goal, I will trust. Though I may think I need the satisfaction of a predictability of days or a family that is just so or time to accomplish cherished tasks or renewed health or certain temporal things to make me feel secure, I will know, I will know that what I truly need is You, the Great Soul Satisfier.
I will rest in the arms of the One who cried, “Peace! Be still!” I will marvel at His ability to calm the storm inside of me. Where is your faith? Through faith, I myself will calm the storm.
I will not walk high. But when I sing this song of humility, I will find that it is a song of ascending. You will set me upon high places that I never even knew existed. Oh, Jehovah, great I AM, it is too incomprehensible for me.
Israel! Place all your hopes, all your expectations, all your anticipations, in the great Savior! In new ways, He will satisfy your soul and comfort you.
In ways we never even knew were possible.
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I turned on the radio this morning during breakfast, and the first thing I heard was a woman sharing about Psalms 131! She was sharing a very heart shattering testimony, and how suffering tested her, and humbled her, to see what was truly in her heart. Whether she truly loved God for God, or for His stuff! Her testimony continues tomorrow. Turned out to be Dee Brestin who wrote “The God of all Comfort,” …she was sharing her story on Focus on the Family.
I just thought it so interesting that she was referring to the same Psalm…kind of a Godincidence?
Keep on sharing,…the Lord is surly using you to minister to others.
Thank you for the clarity and encouragement on those Scriptures.
This is such a beautiful post, Rebecca! And the picture you chose at the end is so right for the post. We walk with the LORD, everything can be used for the good of those who love Him. He is our Heavenly Father. Trusting God. Trusting that He is in control, that He loves us.
Where did you find out the information about Hebraic weaning traditions? I am studying on quieting the soul.
I’m so sorry, but I wrote this 10 years ago and I don’t remember where I got my info. I should have cited my sources. Sorry about that!
A WEANED child is a child who has been weaned. Spurgeon and other teachers talk about the WEANING PROCEc instead of the final result–one of quiet confidence. Period! That is what it is like to be a “weaned child.”
Yes, they’re saying the same thing I wrote about here. So true, and so important!