But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
How does our soul become quiet?
Who does it?
Believe it or not, we do. As with most spiritual dimensions, we take the initiative.
God provides the power, we provide the work.
In fact I can think of only one exception: His love for us. God loves us not matter what but even here the argument can certainly be made that we still have to respond to this love.
There are other verses in Psalm where David and others speak to their souls in a commanding voice.
Elsewhere in Psalms (62:5) we read:
My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
In this next verse David once again speaks directly to his soul.
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
These verses make it clear that peace in our soul comes from us taking charge of our emotions. So what part does God play?
God is the one who equips us. But the first step is ours. This is almost always how God works in our life. Not because He can’t do it for us but because He wants us to grow in our faith.
God bless and I hope you have a good day.