Monday: Psalm 128-131; Deuteronomy 28.1-14; 2 Corinthians 11.16-33

From: Brittany Yeager

A few years ago, I read a meditation by David Powlison in which he worked through Psalm 131 in regards to anxiety. Within the meditation, he composed an “anti-psalm”, depicting an image of the peace-less soul—a sharp contrast to what we actually read in Psalm 131. Here’s his anti-psalm:

Self,
my heart is proud (I’m absorbed in myself),
and my eyes are haughty (I look down on other people),
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.

When I read this the first time (and even today!) I was convicted that the state of my soul often matches the description of the words above, rather than the words penned by David in 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.

Today, as we begin our week, I am praying for our souls to more readily reflect the soul depicted in Psalm 131. And if our souls more readily relate to the description given in the anti-psalm, let us take a moment to quiet them before the Lord and offer him our worries, our anxieties, our concerns. Surely he is able to transform the hungry, agitated soul into one that rests content in their father’s embrace.