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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Receiving the Kingdom like a child

By Heidi

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King David in Prayer by de Grebber (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons).

LORD, my heart is not proud;
nor are my eyes haughty.
I do not busy myself with great matters,
with things too sublime for me.
Rather, I have stilled my soul,
Like a weaned child to its mother,
weaned is my soul.
Israel, hope in the LORD,
now and forever.

Sometimes I read this Psalm 131 and I feel great peace and trust.   Sometimes I think, Yeah, easy for King David to say, he has the Lord's blessing, he is King and loved by his people.  He accomplished great things, and pursued great marvels.  I am nothing like that, but I want, I want, I want.  And that is when I take my eyes off of the Lord and focus on myself.  But in His great patience He waits, and soon I return, realizing that in all he did, King David had a heart for God. Only in resting with Him and then receiving His grace will I truly be able to see that my wants all are fulfilled in Him.  Even in my daily tasks, like feeding a little two-year old boy lunch and putting him down for a nap, if it is done with a heart for the Lord, it is truly a task great and marvelous that is laid out just for me.

Childlike faith is the key.  Humbly accepting the tasks that God has laid before you, not without zeal or passion, but without grasping at honor and earthly glory (and running back to His mercy when you realize that those desires have crept into your motivation for serving God).   All reward is sought from the Father.

And God places examples of this childlike faith before our eyes all the time; because He is a Father, and He knows we need encouragement.  Last fall as I was waiting for my preschool daughter’s dance class to start I was entranced by a vision of childlike discipleship.

Continue reading at  Journey to Wisdom.


  1. Beautiful reflection. This is one of my favorite psalms. Makes me think of St Therese and her writings on spiritual childhood. Your example of the child making his first steps toward his mother brought tears to my eyes. I imagine God grabs us with the same joy that the mother hugged her son. God bless!

    1. Thank you Colleen! I was misty eyed as I watched, God is so good to us! God bless!

  2. Beautiful, peaceful and tranquil thoughts. We must remember to be like children to be able to receive the abundant love and mercy of Jesus. Gracias for this encouraging and uplifting post.


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