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9th January 2023

Stop !

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother.

Psalm 131:2

Life is a busy enterprise. It seems there are always more things to do, places to go, and people to meet and see. And while none of us would want a life without meaningful things to do, the fast pace threatens to rob us of the quietness that we all need.

When we are driving a car, stop signs and other signs warning us to slow down are reminders that to be safe, we cannot have our foot on the accelerator all the time. We need those kinds of reminders in all aspects of our lives.

The psalmist, in Psalm 131, clearly knew the importance of times of calm and quiet. God Himself “rested” on the seventh day. And with more messages to preach and more people to heal, the Lord Jesus went aside from the crowds and rested a while (Matt 14:13; Mark 6:31). He knew it was not wise to accelerate through life with our fuel gauge registering on “weary” all the time.

When was the last time you could echo the psalmist’s words, “I have calmed and quieted my soul”? (Ps 131:2). Put up a stop sign at the interchange of your busy life. Find a place to be alone. Turn off the distractions that keep you from listening to God’s voice, and let Him speak to you as you read His Word. Let Him refresh your heart and mind with the strength to live life well for His glory.


Psalm 131.


Heavenly Father, help me to rest in You, and to spend time with You in Your word. Amen.

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