Cultivating A Quiet Soul
Passage: Psalm 131
Craig Cabaniss served our church with a very helpful message from Psalm 131. In case you missed this message you can find the Psalm, main points and application questions below.
Psalm 131: 1-3
“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.”
In this message, Craig drew out of the text three main points:
- The quiet soul is not proud.
- The quiet soul is not presumptuous.
- The quiet soul is not restless.
At the end of the message Craig closed with these thoughts:
So what is the noise in your soul that is muting that truth? Where are you restless and agitated? Fearful and anxious? When you listen to yourself, what are you hearing? How can you calm your soul? By grace, it is possible.
- Realize a calm soul is God’s design for you. Fruit of faith in the gospel.
- Ask God to help you turn from pride and presumption.
- Memorize this Psalm and tell it to yourself instead of listening to yourself. Memorize Romans 8:32.
- Seek to quiet yourself in the presence of God. Pastor Tim Keller was once asked online: "Why do you think young Christian adults struggle most deeply with God as a personal reality in their lives?" He replied, “Noise and distraction. It is easier to tweet than pray!” (Said on Twitter, no less!)
Turn off the noise outside- music, internet, social media, email, TV. Turn it all off and wait on God. What does this mean for you? Maybe take a day away to read and pray. You won’t realize how noisy your soul is until you get a day quiet with God. Maybe go on a media fast. Maybe start your day with a goal to quiet your soul. A quiet soul is a gift but you must put yourself in a place to receive it. You can have a quiet soul in midst of busyness, but there must be some place of actual quiet before God.
- Ask for help. If you are trapped in pride-comparison, social media addiction, talk to someone. If you are trapped in presumption, can’t get past “why,” talk to someone. Ask for counsel or prayer.
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