Came across this really helpful comment on Psalm 131 and the hymn ‘Be still my soul’ (Katrarina Von Schlegel) in ‘Seeing with New Eyes’ by David Powlison (p.83).
“Perhaps irreparable loss is the hardest thing to face. A loved one dies, and will never again walk through the door to greet you. You retire, and can never again return to the work into which you poured your talent, time and concern. You will never again be young. No second chance to do your college years or that failed marriage over again. Such things devastate us. Can you quiet yourself? Jesus gives you himself.
Be still, my soul; the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul; when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.
Katarina Von Schlegel was the ultimate realist. Most of the noise in our souls is generated by our attempts to control the uncontrollable. We grasp after the wind. We rage, fear and finally despair. But this wise sister focused on an enduring hope. Be still my soul. All that is hard now will be forgotten amid love’s purest joys. This slight, momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. (2 Cor 4:17)”