In our hectic and crazy world, David discovered something we desperately need, a calm and quieted soul. Is that possible in our fast and furious world? Can we be calm and peaceful and at rest on the inside even when all around us is chaos and noise? In Psalm 131:2 David said, “I calmed and quieted my soul”. David lived under never ending stress, pressure and responsibility. Sound familiar? One of his secrets to calming his soul is worship (true worship with heart and soul). Remember, worship reminds us of who God is and who we are. It brings everything back into perspective just by being WITH HIM!

Of course, we all have a God given need for purpose and significance. Do you want to live an effective, purposeful life and yet maintain a peaceful soul? Because your soul finds fulfillment, health and life when you live beyond yourself. So how can we do this? First, turn over control of your ways to God the Father. That takes complete surrender!

Sound scary? Surrender is not sacrifice; it is actually the safest place to live, because when God is leading you then all the pressure is on Him. In verse 2, David is saying, I don’t occupy myself with things too great or marvelous for me. In other words, he is saying there is a lot I don’t know! I don’t have all the answers, I don’t have all the facts and I don’t understand everything and I am okay with that! Proverbs 3:5 – 8 Trust in the Lord with all your heart (fully surrendered to His will) and lean not on your own understanding and He will direct your path.

A truly effective life begins with an effective soul that functions and finds its value – not in external accomplishments but in its relationship with God.

A calm and quiet soul is a result of understanding that our relationship with God is not based on WORK but BIRTH!! Through the new birth God gave us a new identity and an invitation to belong to a new family. Actually, it is a spiritual translation from living a life focused on self to living a life focused on God. We are now part of His family! The church is not a building, a religion or organization or a place to find free childcare on a Sunday morning.

It is a family! A home for hurting humanity, where everyone is welcome, where we serve each other, love each other, laugh and cry with each other and do life together. The church is a safe place where we can be ourselves (even with our faults) and find healing, reconciliation, love and forgiveness.