Do you have everything that you need? What is lacking in your life? What is lacking in your house? Do you have the car that you want? Do you have the job that you dreamed of? Do you have the family that you planned? What about your TV or computer or phone? What about your health?
Contentment is something almost impossible for us nowadays. The commercials push us to wish for more and better and bigger. We are never satisfied with what we have. We always want more and more.
Psalm 131 written by King David tells us a lot about him. Even though he was the anointed king he was able to be content, even when he did not have everything that he wanted.
Between his anointing by Samuel and the kingdom it was 10 long years of waiting. Some people believe that it was during that time that David wrote this psalm. He did not get desperate, nor did he try to enforce his power over the people. He answered with the TRUE CONTENTMENT.
This is why he was able to write another psalm that we know so well, the 23rd Psalm. This is what he says in the first verse: “Psalm 23:1 A psalm of David. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”” The idea is: if the Lord is my shepherd, I will have everything that I need. With that attitude someone can really be content. This Psalm can help us to see what true contentment is.
1 – IT IS THE FRUIT OF HUMILITY – The first thing that David shares with us is that true contentment is the fruit of humility. In verse 1 he writes this: “ My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.” Humility is the lack of selfishness and pride.
In this verse David tells us about pride and how it happens in our life.
A – Not Proud in the Heart – The first thing that he tells us is that pride starts in our hearts. We have that desire inside of us. Pride is the thought of having something or thinking something about ourselves. David makes clear that his heart was in the right place.
B – Not Haughty in the Eyes – After our hearts come our eyes. We see things that we desire. We look, and we wish for those things, and for status. David is praying and he tells God that his eyes are under control. He knew that if his eyes would gaze at things that he was not supposed to have he would be in trouble.
C – Not Ambition too High – After that we start feeding our minds with things that are beyond our reach. We know that we will not have what we wish, but we want it anyway. That creates bitterness against us, people around us, and against God. David is telling us that he is not like that. He will not let the pride and selfishness take over his life and drive him away from his purpose in life.
My friend, we have been bombarded with so many advertisements and propaganda about all the things that we must have if we want to be happy, that it is almost impossible for us to resist and be content. Learn with David how to be humble and content.
Have a blessed week,