Though comprised of only 3 verses, this brief psalm has been called 'one of the most beautiful psalms in the psalter'. At the heart of this song is the remarkable claim by David, 'like a weaned child, I am content'. Three words seems to provide the structure to the psalm - contentment at the center; pride in verse 1 and hope in verse 3. Essentially David seems to be saying that true contentment is not to be found through thinking more highly of oneself (pride) or by constantly striving to figure out the big questions of life. Instead contentment is found through putting ones hope in (literally - to wait patiently for) Yahweh. No matter what the circumstances of life may be, we may find contentment in the secure knowledge that Yahweh is continuing to accomplish His good and unstoppable work of Redemption and Restoration! We may rest secure and find true contentment in that knowledge alone!
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