Friday, April 28, 2017

Peace, Peace


Scripture
Isaiah 26:3 Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—
in peace because they trust in you.

Observation

Those who put their trust in the LORD will experience perfect peace. This is literally “peace, peace.” This is a place of genuine and full well-being. Not just a passive form of peace, but the fact that our lives our are steadied by resting and trusting in the LORD. Imagine having the rocking ship steadied by the hand of God and this brings peace into every facet of our being. We are kept in peace, -- peace steadying us in the storms of life. This is two-fold, perfect peace. 

Application

It seems to me that this perfect peace, this two-fold peace, encompasses both mind and body. The perfection of this peace is that it reaches through every part of our being and brings us to a place of complete and total peace. This is only possible by participation in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ entire peace fills our entire being and we rest upon him in every facet of our lives. This includes the physical and the emotional. We become so focused on Jesus Christ that we have complete and total rest in him. It is with the coming of the Savior that all of this is made possible. Our resurrected Lord provides the pathway through which we may experience this perfect peace. 

I’m reminded of the old hymn by W.D. Cornell. 

  1. Far away in the depths of my spirit tonight
    Rolls a melody sweeter than psalm;
    In celestial-like strains it unceasingly falls
    O’er my soul like an infinite calm.
    • Refrain:
      Peace, peace, wonderful peace,
      Coming down from the Father above!
      Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray
      In fathomless billows of love!
  2. What a treasure I have in this wonderful peace,
    Buried deep in the heart of my soul,
    So secure that no power can mine it away,
    While the years of eternity roll!
  3. I am resting tonight in this wonderful peace,
    Resting sweetly in Jesus’ control;
    For I’m kept from all danger by night and by day,
    And His glory is flooding my soul!
  4. And I think when I rise to that city of peace,
    Where the Author of peace I shall see,
    That one strain of the song which the ransomed will sing
    In that heavenly kingdom will be:
  5. Ah soul, are you here without comfort and rest,
    Marching down the rough pathway of time?
    Make Jesus your friend ere the shadows grow dark;
    Oh, accept this sweet peace so sublime!

I’m grateful for the perfect peace that God can give us in the midst of this storm called life. This peace is dependent upon our complete and total trust in the resurrected Messiah. The Prince of Peace promises that peace will be brought to perfect completion in and through those who have their steadfast faith in the Lord. 

Prayer

Lord, may every day be a day of complete and entire trust in you. Amen.


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