Lord, my heart is not haughty… (Psalm 131:1).
My heart is not haughty—I am subduing my pride.
My eyes are not lofty—I’m not looking for great things for myself.
I do not concern myself with great matters—I stay away from burdens I don’t need to carry.
I have no interest in things too profound for me—I don’t spend time on the “what ifs,” but I quietly trust God to provide for me.
I have calmed and quieted my soul—if my emotions start running too far ahead, I remind myself that God knows best what I need.
Childlike not childish!
Childlike is lovingly dependent. Childish is selfishly independent.
Childlike is trusting someone wiser. Childish is believing I know best.
John Maxwell said, “The Christian leader is mature enough to not act childish, yet remains trusting enough to stay childlike.”
Think of it this way: a “weaned child” (v. 2) is able to eat more grown-up food than an infant, but it is still dependent on a loving parent to provide that food—food that is best. It’s not necessarily food I want, but it is food I need.
David implores us to adopt this childlike dependence on God, and give up our childish independence apart from God. This attitude, David says, starts in a humbled heart.
Holy Spirit, work in my heart today. Drive out any childish selfishness for what I want, and create in me a childlike trust in my God Who gives me all that I need. Amen.