A Song of Ascents. Of David.
“Lord, my heart is not haughty,
Nor my eyes lofty.
Neither do I concern myself with great matters,
Nor with things too profound for me.
Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.”
We should focus and deal with things we can influence directly and not get lost in speculation, ‘pie in the sky’ concepts. We shouldn’t get distracted with the nebulous like speculative prophesying nor with anxiety about the future and stuff beyond us. We are time stuck and resource limited. But take heart, we serve a God who is well beyond all that. One day is as a thousand years to Him. He knows best. Before, during and after our work is done we just need to ‘trust, obey and pray’, simple as that. Not necessarily easy as a beginner or during challenging times but that is what we most certainly are called to do. Will we rise up or cower down? Will we allow Satan influence our old man to flex his anxiety muscles or overcome all that by abiding in the Spirit?
We need to trust God, simple true trust. We are wise to let go and let God with the things outside of our grasp. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have stretch goals and endeavor to do great works but rather we need to focus our efforts on the here and now and what is up next. Like Thoreau said, have lofty dreams but then put legs under them.
There is a time and place for everything not everything at once.
We are wise to take David’s lead and intentionally quiet our minds. It is a discipline to train ourselves to relax and be still. That is often when God speaks to our souls. Like weaning a child to eat on its own we must exercise control to not control. So then we can control what we can and forgo and trust God with what we can’t.
A wise person does the best he can, when he can, with what he’s got. Yes there will be rainy dark days we need to be prepared for but more importantly as we heed God’s commands, walk in His ways and put first things first we no doubt can be fully assured of His overarching and sure blessing. Let’s approach God not with complaints as the ungrateful, backsliding, idolic Jews who left Egypt but rather as trusting, obedient children of the most High.
All I can do is all I can do but all I can do is enough, good Lord willing.