What is making you so noisy – part 2
In my previous post about Pslam 131 suggested that the problem of a noisy mind is a prideful heart. You can go back and read it here if you can’t remember.
1 O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. 2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. 3 O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forevermore.
- This is about David but it is also about Jesus. God who became Man is thinking out loud for us.
- The psalmist is speaking to God (v1-2) then leads us by the hand and speaks to us (v3)
- This is about learning peace, a peace that is learned in a relationship
Last time I looked at the biblical view of peace and how David seems to suggest that the reason peace often escapes us is that deep down we’re trying to make sense of the world around us with our own eyes. The questions we ask don’t get an answer – at least not one that we’re very happy about. Questions like:
- I want control. But I don’t seem to have it. Why not?
- Comfort, ease, convenience. I want it but I want more of it. Why don’t I have it?
- I want to feel good. About myself and about others. I don’t feel good therefore God is withholding this from me. Why?
It’s easy to get into that trap of questions that are based on me, myself and I. Increased stress anxiety and worry tend to mount up. Of course, I’m going over some of the things that I wrote about last time so let’s move on …
The issue of noise isn’t only about what I think about myself. Pride .. pride has a way of looking at myself .. but also looking at others too. This is what David writes about when he says “my eyes are not raised too high”.
Pride is not only about me. It’s also about you.
I must look down on you in some way in other to lift me up (or give me the sense that I am lifted up). This means that I have to establish my superiority in some way. Let me give you an example … talking over people … this screams “I HAVE SOMETHING MORE IMPORTANT TO SAY THAT YOU!!!”
Of course, some people just wear this on their sleeve a lot more than others but we’re all guilty in one way or another of passing judgement on others.
A prideful heart says, “I’m right in myself.” – my heart is not lifted up
A judgmental heart says “I’m right compared to you.” – “my eyes are not raised too high”
If you are prone to grumble about others and criticise others the chances are you are suffering from “noise”.
That’s the second phrase in Psalm 131. Next time we’ll look at the third phrase:
I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.