Welcome to the Perfect Peace week 1 summary for the June Topical Bible reading challenge. The reading began on Monday, June 1st and wow- the passages have been incredibly thought-provoking. We’ll review the four passages we read this week up until today. Are you ready?
Psalm 29 is a psalm with one repeating phrase. I would love to hear this beautiful song in the original Hebrew language in order to understand how this repetition played out. In English, the key phrase is “the voice of the Lord.” Isn’t it interesting that this chapter repeats that phrase and describes the voice with strong words of power and strength? Then the last verse declares that the same strength belonging to him is ours and because of HIS strength, we can have peace.
On this particular day of reading, after I read the last verse of the section, I re-read the first verse. Do you remember what your life was like before Christ? The turmoil within your soul and discontentment in your heart? We have peace with God because of Jesus. That thought brings such peace to me; that he loved us so much he gave himself for us.
This psalm is a song of anticipation, a psalm that looks ahead to the day when the enemy is vanquished. The psalmist gives us a hint of how to conduct ourselves if we truly seek peace–through meekness. You see, pride is the very thing that often prevents peace.
Peace in our hearts is not dependent on others’ actions; peace is a display of what it is in our hearts.
In our modern culture, peace and order are craved more than ever. Organization is often thought of as a way to make peace in our environments. We keep our day planners, record reminders in smartphones, and check off to-do lists. But the best way to carry peace in our hearts over the plans we make and schedules we create? Stay close to the Peacemaker.
We’ve only just begun this series! Be sure to print or download your schedule and have a peaceful weekend!