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Psalm 119 – Part 21 A

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PSALM 119:161-168
 Hebrew Sh-Shin

 (Sin and Shin)

 161 Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart
stands in awe of your words
162 I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil.
163 I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.
165 Great peace have those who love your law;
nothing can make them stumble
166 I hope for your salvation, O Lord, and I do your commandments.
167 My soul keeps your testimonies; I love them exceedingly.
168 I keep your precepts and testimonies, for all my ways are before you.
Psalm 119:161-168

The theme of this stanza echoes through the Psalmist’s declaration stand and testimony in verses 161-164 and 166-168. That theme is found in verse 165 where the Psalmist talks about having great peace because of God’s Word.  He has great peace in his life, even in the midst of trials, difficulties, and problems, and he claims it is for anyone, everyone, who loves and follows God’s Word.

The world looks for peace everywhere else, but the Psalmist knew that real peace is only found in the Lord and in His Word. Peace for him wasn’t just the absence of turmoil or problems. Peace for the Psalmist was the very Shalom of God.

The Hebrew word for Peace is shalom, and its meaning is rich. It means welfare, health, prosperity, peace, being at peace, all is well. It isn’t dependent on what’s going on around you. The shalom of God comes from the presence of God IN you; but without knowing the Lord personally, you can’t experience His Peace. He IS peace. Because of the Psalmist’s relationship with God, he knew and experienced that peace. He learned about God’s peace from God’s Word. It was great peace. That’s abundant, abounding peace in your heart and mind, and that spills over into your everyday life. That kind of peace is what the Psalmist says enables you to withstand being offended, not stumbling at obstacles or enticements that try to steal your peace. You grow in the shalom of God every time you read and dig into His Word. That’s another reason it is important to be in the Word each day.

The prophet Isaiah also knew this truth and declares “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed [focused] on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)

If you’re lacking peace in your life today, get into God’s Word. Feed on His promises. Believe them. Let God’s Word fill you with peace, joy, and hope because God loves you and wants to be your shalom. 

Here are some other scriptures to meditate on:
·   Psalm 23
·   John 14:27
·   John 16:33
·   Philippians 4:6-7
·   Matthew 11:28-30
·   Hebrews 4:9-11