wait like the weaned...
"I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore." (Psalm 131 1-3)
Many parents can remember the process of weaning their children from nursing. It's not always a quick and easy process. A child in its immaturity does not know that their parents already know they need they have to eat and will make sure that need is met. So naturally, they will proceed to cry, wail, and act like they will never have their hunger and craving satisfied. If the answer they are seeking doesn't come immediately, it's assumed that is will never come.
How easy it is for us, as the children of God, to often act like this in our time of need?
It is very easy to "cry out" to the Lord like an unweaned child. We can find ourselves praying from a place of fear, doubt, and anxiety rather than from faith, hope, and love.
David shows us that it is possible to wait on the Lord as a weaned child. To wait on the Lord with the absolute assurance that He not only sees our need, but fully intends to take care of it. The peace in the soul of a weaned child is birthed out of unshakeable and confirmed belief in the goodness and faithfulness of their parent.
It is from this place of peace that David was exhorting Israel was to put their hope in the Lord forevermore.
What areas of your soul could use some weaning?