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Perfect peace because we trust in God

August 27, 2017

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The verse for August 27, 2017, is taken from Isaiah 26:3; however, to more fully appreciate what the verse reveals about trust, we need to examine the following verse as well, where a familiar reference also speaks about the individual who trusts in God:

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

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.

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].

To emphasize the concept of peace, the phrase “perfect peace” in the King James Version indicates a figure of repetition where the word for peace is repeated in the Hebrew text, literally “peace, peace.” God provides a “double portion of peace” to those who trust in Him. A similar expression is used elsewhere in Isaiah

Isaiah 27: 5 (NLT):

Unless they turn to me for help.
Let them make peace with me;
yes, let them make peace with me.”

Isaiah 57:19 (NKJV)

“I create the fruit of the lips:
Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,”
Says the Lord,
“And I will heal him.”

The Book of Psalms and elsewhere in Isaiah also show a connection between peace and trust:

Psalm 4:8:

In peace [and with a tranquil heart] I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety and confident trust.

Isaiah 32:17 (AMP) makes this direct connection:

And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.

The passage from Isaiah 26:23-24 and other related scriptures inspired this reminder:

Because we trust in God

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

 

Because we trust in God, you will keep us in perfect peace.

We seek relief, but storms of life seem only to increase.

You have promised to help us, so we will not be afraid.

One word from the Lord can cause the winds and waves to cease.

When we speak words of peace, it shall also be as you said.

 

The peace of God floods our souls, a double measure of peace

Your desire is that peace shall abound and never decrease.

The word spoken shall come to pass though it may seem delayed

Because we trust in God.

 

Our fearless lives display God’s design for His masterpiece

Where the peace of God will never fade but only increase.

We abide in peace: grateful, confident, and unafraid,

For we are filled with joy and peace, even as we have prayed.

Once bound by fear, in Christ our souls we have found release

Because we trust in God.

We conclude our discussion with a song written and performed by Gary Oliver: “I will trust in you.” In actuality the lyrics refer to Isaiah 26:4 and 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.