“Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.”
This verse is at the center of one of the shortest psalms to read and possibly the longest to learn. Although it describes a child’s condition, this is the experience of a man. Israel’s King David was known as a formidable foe and fearless warrior, the epitome of a man’s man. Calm and quiet are not how most would describe him. But in one unexpected word, David describes himself: weaned.
Whether it’s the bottle or breast, weaning is no easy feat. Tears and tantrums are common. If we could listen in on the child’s thoughts, we would probably hear, “This is cruel. How could mom take away such a good thing?” Nothing about this turn of events feels right. The very thing that supplied food and a sense of security is gone.
Yet unknown to the babe, mom knows what she is doing and why. Imagine a college kid walking across campus with a baby bottle tucked under his arm!
The Christian life is full of times of weaning, but equally true is that the Lord never takes anything without giving something better in return. He’s wisely leading you to new opportunities to mature, and like David, you’ll have a choice to make – resist letting go or trust that Father does know best.
No one acquires a quiet heart without a determined yielding to the Spirit. A quieted soul isn’t resigned or apathetic. It is a self-controlled one who has learned his Lord can be trusted when human logic fails.
Awaiting His return,
– Pastor Jack