Monday, August 22, 2011

I Have Calmed My Soul

King David said, "Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother." Psalm 131:2 NKJ

I have read that scripture so many times, letting it sooth me and picturing a tiny baby, safe in his mother's arms. Then one day, I noticed the word "weaned." I think I had been picturing an infant. The image changed for me in an important way. Children in the Bible probably weren't weaned until they were about two or perhaps a bit younger. But this verse says "child." Why was he supposed to bring such comfort as apposed to the baby I had imagined?

The weaned child no longer goes to the mother for nourishment. He goes because he wants to be in his mother's arms for love and and strength and assurance. He has a bit of independence and yet knows right where to go to calm his soul.

We believers had been given nourishment quite easily as new Christians when He gave us such grace and favor like the new babes that we were. Now we are weaned. With the Bible and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can get nourishment from these sources as we grow to be mature adults in Christ. How great that even as we grow, we can go back to the Lord for comfort as the weaned child did, as David did.


  1. Great, concise reminder! Hugs :O)

  2. What a wonderful encouragement! Thanks so much for sharing this. I needed it today.

    Thanks also for stopping by my blog; it's great to meet you. I appreciate your support!

  3. I love the song by Twila Paris: The Warrior Is A Child. I love the chorus:

    They don't know
    that I go runnin' home when I fall down.
    They don't know
    who picks me up when no-one is around.
    I drop my sword and cry for just a while,
    'cause deep inside this armor,
    the warrior is a child.

    I have let those words comfort me many times when I feel like life is getting the best of me. We always have our Father right there ready to dry our tears and still our trembling souls if we will just throw ourselves into his waiting arms!

    Great post! :)

  4. AMEN!!

    Blessings, hugs, and prayers,

  5. Hi Nancy -

    What a great point! Thank you for sharing it with us.

    I love going to the scripture and seeing things from a slightly different angle. It's like facets of a diamond.

    Susan :)

  6. Andy - I love that song. Powerful words.

  7. Some really great insight. And what an image David's words create in our minds. Because really, no matter how old we get, the idea of being cradled in our mother's arms evokes such a comforting feeling.