Perfect peace

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The verse for October 6, 2016 comes from Isaiah 26:4 where the Prophet Isaiah issues a command to trust in the Lord; however, to more fully appreciate what the verse reveals about trust, we need to examine the preceding verse as well, where a familiar reference also speaks about those individuals who trust in God:

Isaiah 26:3-4 (MSG):

People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, Steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit. Depend on God and keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.

The two verses are rendered this way in the Amplified Bible:

23 You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

24 So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].

Verse 3 states that the Lord will keep in a state of “perfect and constant peace” those whose mind is stayed on Him. To stay the mind is to meditate, to concentrate, to remain focused. In thinking about this passage, the following poem came to mind:

Hold Your Peace

So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

Isaiah 59:19

The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

Exodus 14:14

These days when the enemy enters as a flood
With distress and intense pressure on every side,
Despite signs of defeat, the Lord God is still good.
In the thick of battle in peace we will abide.
The Spirit of the Lord raises a bold standard:
Lord of Hosts bears His arm, as Jehovah Nissi
Covers us with His love, though foes may have slandered.
His banner of triumph displayed for all to see,
Faithful Adonai has never slept nor slumbered.
He is not slack but hastens to perform His Word.
Despite outward signs we are never outnumbered,
For we know that the battle belongs to the Lord.
On the battlefield, fierce attacks seem only to increase,
But as God told Moses, “Stand still and hold your peace!”

A previous blog entry entitled “Learning to trust God: Five songs of trust” focused on Isaiah 26:3 and other related verses dealing with trust. The final song of trust was written and performed by Gary Oliver: “I will trust in you.” In actuality the lyrics refer to Isaiah 26:4, the Verse of the Day, which reinforces the comforting and reassuring message expressed in Isaiah 26:3 which promises that God will keep us in a state of perfect peace, as we trust him. As a result, we should trust in the Lord God forever, for He is the everlasting Rock of Ages.

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