Sometimes the best way to understand something is by contrast. You can wear certain colors that make your eye color pop. A little salt is always added to anything sweet. A pool feels most amazing after some time of baking in the hot sun. Contrast helps us appreciate what something is MEANT TO BE.
David Powlison is well-known for his "Anti-psalms" (like this one of Psalm 23), re-writings of familiar psalms for the purpose of contrasting a Biblical perspective with the denial of God's person and provisions.
Here's Psalm 131
O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.
...but perhaps you are like me...and sometimes see yourself more in the contrasting Anti-psalm that Powlison has written for this psalm:
Self, My heart is proud and my eyes are haughty and I chase after things too great and too difficult for me. So of course I’m noisy and restless inside; it comes naturally, like a hungry infant fussing on his mother’s lap, like a hungry infant, I’m restless with my demands and worries.
I scatter my hopes onto anything and everybody all the time.
Do you feel restless, discontent, and fussy for your needs and wants, always approaching the Lord with a dissatisfied sense of what you deserve?
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