Psalm 131 My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quietened myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and for evermore.
A number of years ago when I reflected on these words, they disquieted me and made me uncomfortable. As someone who likes to study, analyse, examine and understand, a readiness to calmly set aside things without doing such things did not sit well with me. Yet I have grown to realise that there is much that I do not understand and I never will understand. Such things may be crises on the world stage such as Ukraine or Syria, seemingly intractable situations that churches face, inexplicable occurrences in the lives of individuals and other situations. As the psalmist reminds us, at all times we must put our hope and trust in the Lord, and we can silently hold such situations before our Father, praying for His kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. In all matters, both those we understand and those we do not, let us hold them before the Lord, knowing that He will hear and answer in accordance with His perfect will.