Read: Psalm 119:161-168
Consider: We come to the penultimate section of Psalm 119. When considering this section of the psalm I found myself torn between two themes that the psalmist mentions. In verse 162 it says: I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil. This reminded me of what Jesus said about the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 13:44-45. The kingdom of heaven is described by Jesus as ‘treasure hidden in a field’ and a pearl ‘of great value’.
The second theme mentioned by the psalmist, and the one we will consider further, concerns what the psalmist calls the ‘great peace’ to be experienced by those who love God’s law. In Hebrews 13:20 the writer describes God as the ‘God of peace‘ and in 2 Thessalonians 3:16 it says: Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. Peace is an essential attribute of God’s character and because of this we can experience his peace in our lives.
The most well-known verse that speaks of the peace of God is to be found in Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Philippians 4:7 describes the peace of God as something ‘… which transcends all understanding …’ This means that when we experience the peace of God, particularly in difficult circumstances, it will not only be hard for us to understand why we feel at peace, but it will also be hard to explain it to those around us. It is worth reading Philippians 4:4-7 to get the context of what Paul is saying.
I pray that each of us (including myself) may be willing to ‘Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts‘ (Colossians 3:15) and that the reality for each of us would be ‘Grace and peace be yours in abundance‘ (2 Peter 1:2).
I particularly like how John concludes his third letter by saying: Peace to you (3 John 1:14). The next time you are asked to share the peace with those around you, don’t be embarrassed to do so. It is entirely scriptural to encourage others in this way.
Pray: Father, thank you that your peace is with us at all times, but we often only discern it when we are experiencing difficult times. May our lives speak clearly of your peace and how Christ rules in our lives. Amen