Composed and Quiet

Psalm 131:2

Having chosen to enter a season of quietness, stepping back from public view, David examines the effect of humility on his soul. Psalm 131 contains several curious word pictures.

Verse 2

Was that capable and passionate man of war irritated and out of sorts because he had been reduced from captain of the team to spectator? Not in the least. He declares:

Surely I have composed and quieted my soul;
Like a weaned child rests against his mother,
My soul is like a weaned child within me.

I don’t find the slightest irritation in his words. The term “composed” means “to be smooth, even, level.” The same Hebrew word used here also appears in Isaiah 28:25 with reference to a farmer’s field that had once been rough and rugged but was now planted and “level.” David is saying that his inner soul is not churning and stormy, but calm and smooth. It is a beautiful description of tranquility and patience. The result is that he is “quieted” within; he is inwardly silent and still.

After the statement declaring his inner calm condition, David gives a tender illustration of a baby quietly resting on its mother—and twice he uses the word “weaned” to describe the child. The little tot no longer strives or frets to get milk from his mother; he’s no longer demanding or restless. All is calm. The roughness of self-will has been smoothed and is now calm and contented.

But wait! This isn’t complete unless you see how the symbolic analogy fits into David’s experience. Let’s do that by answering three questions:

  1. Who is the child? It is David’s inward being.
  2. Who is the mother? It is his public life.
  3. From what is he weaned? Clearly, from the affirmation of notoriety.

David no longer craves attention. He is weaned from the desire for prominence, the place of honor—the limelight. “I no longer need that,” says David. “I’m weaned!”

The term “weaned” also carries the connotation of “mature.” David no longer needs the mother’s milk of public attention because he is mature enough for solid food gained through humility. Note that the child is still related to the mother. David’s position as king necessarily places him in the public eye. He cannot carry out his duties without standing before people. However, like a mature son, he has cut the apron strings. He doesn’t depend upon mom anymore.

Maturity comes when we prefer the solid food of humility over the mother's milk of public attention.

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Adapted from Charles R. Swindoll, Living the Psalms: Encouragement for the Daily Grind (Brentwood, Tenn.: Worthy Publishing, a division of Worthy Media, Inc., 2012). Copyright © 2012 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights are reserved. Used by permission.

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Accuracy, clarity, and practicality all describe the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll. Chuck is the chairman of the board at Insight for Living and the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck also serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he is able to do what he loves most—teach the Bible to willing hearts. His focus on practical Bible application has been heard on the Insight for Living radio broadcast since 1979.

ఖచ్చితత్వం, స్పష్టత మరియు ఆచరణాత్మకత అన్నీ చార్లెస్ ఆర్. స్విన్డాల్ యొక్క బైబిల్-బోధనా పరిచర్యను వివరిస్తాయి. చక్ ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ కు బోర్డు ఛైర్మన్ మరియు డల్లాస్ థియోలాజికల్ సెమినరీకి ఛాన్సలర్. చక్ టెక్సాస్‌లోని ఫ్రిస్కోలోని స్టోన్‌బ్రయర్ కమ్యూనిటీ చర్చ్ యొక్క సీనియర్ పాస్టర్‌గా కూడా పనిచేస్తున్నారు, అక్కడ ఆయన చాలా ఇష్టపడేదాన్ని చేయగలుగుతున్నాడు-ఇష్టపడే హృదయాలకు బైబిల్ నేర్పిస్తున్నారు. ఆచరణాత్మక బైబిల్ అనువర్తనంపై ఆయన దృష్టి 1979 నుండి ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ రేడియో ప్రసారంలో వినబడుచున్నది.