October 08, 2018: SOAP #3231: Ezra 9-10; Psalm 131; Luke 21
Scripture: Psalm (NIV) 131:1 A song of ascents. Of David. My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have stilled and quietened my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.
3 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and for evermore.
Observation: Starting as Psalm 120 we have 15 psalms entitled “A song of ascent.” Some have said these were sung as the priests approached their assignments in the temple. Others suggest the title refers to the music to which these songs were sung. Still others suggest it refers to a first psalm ending with a word or thought from which the next psalm begins, linking them together.
Whatever the original reason, I see that there is an emphasis on encouraging people to lift their eyes to God in faith and thanksgiving.
Application: What I look at is very important. I can become concerned with matters over which I have no control, things too big for my little mind. I can let them stir my emotions and sow doubt in my heart. I need to lift my eyes to the Lord. He is high and lifted up! He has perfect understanding! He is almighty and more than able to change my/our circumstances!
Prayer: Lord, I put my trust in you. I trust you to work in this life, and to take me through death’s door into the next life. My hope is in you, both in this life and for eternity! Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!