Psalm 131

Why do we spend time with God? We often use prayer and quiet time to send up a list of wants and needs. Our souls get troubled, and we turn to God for answers or for comfort. We call out to Him because we need Him. I’m not saying this is wrong. Our God is a great provider, and we shouldn’t hesitate to approach Him in that way. But do we also spend time with God because we love Him?

But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
    like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child is my soul within me.

Psalm 131:2, ESV

David writes in Psalm 131 that his soul is “like a weaned child.” A baby cries out to its mother for an immediate need of sustenance. A weaned child might have needs but would increasingly spend time with their parents for love and closeness. God is a loving Father, and time we spend with Him can be a reciprocation of that love. When you pray today, spend some time dwelling on your love for God.

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