"But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content" - Psalm 131:2.
If you have ever been around an older children who are still feeding on breast milk, you know it can be an awkward scenario when those children are hungry. When they are hungry, the child doesn't care where he or she is or who their mother is with, they will find their mother and look for lunch. David wrote that he was like a weaned child in God's presence, not straining or grasping to get something, but simply there to enjoy God's presence and His person. In other words, David did not pursue God for what God could give or what David needed. Jesus warned against seeking God only out of your need when after He had fed the 5,000, the people eagerly sought Him out: "Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval" (John 6:26-27). Are you like a weaned or un-weaned child with the Lord? Do you spend time with Him to enjoy His presence, or to make your list of demands and requests, only to move on after that? Why not take a few minutes today and simply read His word, talk to God, or listen for His voice not because you need anything, except to be close to your Lord, Friend, and Master?
Today's reading - Psalms 131-135