Quotes for a Quiet Heart
In Psalm 131, David teaches us how to do something very foreign to our anxiety-prone hearts--to live with a quiet soul before God. We pray CJ's message, along with these excellent quotes, help you experience greater contentment in God's good purposes for you.
I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith and prayer and every grace,
Might more of his salvation know,
And seek more earnestly his face.
Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust, has answered prayer,
But it has been in such a way
As almost drove me to despair
I hop'd that in some favour'd hour
At once He'd answer my request
And by his love's constraining power,
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.
Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart,
And bade the angry powers of hell
Assault my soul in every part
Yea, more, with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe,
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.
Lord, why is this? I trembling cried,
Wilt thou pursue Thy worm to death?
Tis in this way, the Lord replied,
I answer prayer for grace and faith.
Those inward trials I employ,
From self and pride to set thee free
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
That thou mayest seek thine all in Me.
"Prayer Answered by Crosses" - John Newton
"Contentment is the fruit of a mindset that understands its limitations. David did not allow himself to be preoccupied with what God was not pleased to give him, nor did he allow his mind to become fixated on things God had not been pleased to explain to him. Such preoccupations suffocate contentment. If I insist on knowing exactly what God is doing in my circumstances and what He plans to do with my future, if I demand to understand His ways with me in the past, I can never be content, ultimately, until I myself have become equal with God. How slow we are to recognize in these subtle mental temptations the echoes of the serpent of Eden hissing, 'Express your dissatisfaction with God's ways, God's words, God's provision." - Sinclair Ferguson
"Happily for us our happiness does not depend on our understanding the providence of God. We are able to believe where we are not able to explain, and we are content to leave a thousand mysteries unsolved rather than tolerate a single doubt as to the wisdom and goodness of our heavenly Father. Is it not good for us to be puzzled and so forced to exercise faith? Would it be well for us to have all things so ordered that we ourselves could see the reason for every dispensation? Could the scheme of divine love be indeed supremely, infinitely, wise if we could measure it with our short line of reason? Ah, it is well to be cast out of our depth, and made to swim in the sweet waters of mighty love! We know that it is supremely blessed to be compelled to cease from self, to surrender both wish and judgment, and to lie passive in the hands of God." - Charles Spurgeon
"There is never a time when we may not hope in God. Whatever our necessities, however great our difficulties, and though to all appearance help is impossible, yet our business is to hope in God and it will be found that it is not in vain. In the Lord's own time help will come." - George Mueller