Psalm 131 – The True Contentment – Part 3

I remember a time when my friends and I would go to a street and improvise a soccer field so we could play. We would organize tournaments with teams from other streets. We did not have a proper field on which to play; we did not have the proper equipment, uniforms, and anything that kids today would demand to play. We just had the willingness to have fun.

Sometimes I think that people today miss the contentment with small things because they know about the big and fancy things and they want that. Other people know that they don’t have those things, but they can dream about them.

In the Psalm 131 David is sharing with us important lessons about the true contentment, and the final lesson is that THE TRUE CONTENTMENT IS THE FRUIT OF FAITH. That is the third aspect of contentment which is the fruit of faith in the Lord. This is what verse 3 tells us, “[3] O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.” Let us see how that works.

            A – Trust in the Lord – The first thing that David shares with us is that we should trust in the Lord. Today we are forced to trust and believe in our own power and ability. This is why we are not content with anything in our lives. Our own power and ability cannot supply us with what we really need. To really be content we must put our trust in the Lord. We must know and believe that He is in control of everything and our lives are in His hands.

            B – Trust All the Time – The second thing that David tells us about faith and trust is that we should do that all the time. David says, put your hope and trust in Him now and forever. Our trust in the Lord must be a constant in our lives. We should trust Him not only in good times, but also during the bad times

Now you know why you are not content with the things that you have, or the lack of things in your life. Now you know why you are not content with who you are. Contentment is the ability to live with what God gives to you, and trust that what He does is good. That is the true contentment.

In the New Testament we have a letter that the apostle Paul wrote from inside a terrible prison. We think that having health problems and be in a prison for just preaching the Gospel would make someone complain and be discontent with life and God. Paul had a different attitude and he showed that in this small letter, here is a very touching text from that letter: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. [13] I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV).”

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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