Christian faith need continuous maintenance. It requires attending to. Psalm 131 is a maintenance psalm. It is functional to the person of faith as pruning is functional to the gardener: it gets ride of that which looks good to those who don’t know any better, and reduces the distance between our hearts and their roots in God.
We are always, it seems, reeling from one side of the road to the other as we travel the way of faith. We are, alternately, rebellious runaways and whining babies. Psalm 131 calls us to another way, the plain way of quiet Christian humility. It calls us to rediscover the quietness of the weaned child, the tranquility of maturing trust.
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