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?
Oh friends, how often we fail to see our true nature in the light of God's Word. May we hope in the Lord and have calmed and quieted souls this day! Now let's link up in community...
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