Friday, July 18, 2008

Perfect Peace

July 18: Isaiah 23-27

1 O Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you; I will praise your name,
for you have done wonderful things,
plans formed of old, faithful and sure.

4 For you have been a stronghold to the poor,
a stronghold to the needy in his distress,
a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat;
for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,
5 like heat in a dry place.

6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
7 And he will swallow up on this mountain
the covering that is cast over all peoples,
the veil that is spread over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
9 It will be said on that day,
“Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
This is the Lord; we have waited for him;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
Isaiah 25:1, 4-5a & 6-9

1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

“We have a strong city;
he sets up salvation
as walls and bulwarks.
2 Open the gates,
that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in.
3 You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
4 Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
Isaiah 26:1-4

Perfect Peace

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 26:3, King James Version

Some verses simply cannot be stated more beautifully than in the King James Version of the Bible. That is certainly true of Isaiah 26:3. This verse falls right in the middle of a wonderful Bible passage recounting the glories of the Lord and all that He has done for His people.

Isaiah has just proclaimed oracles of judgment against Tyre and Sidon, and then the whole earth before he goes into a long treatise explaining that God has conquered death forever. Think about that! In reality, God has already conquered death--we just have not yet reached the time when all of these things will come to pass.

Read through the Bible passages above; what a wonderful acclamation to the Lord our God. All of the evil which surrounds us, and all those who refuse to follow God will be removed forever. Christians throughout the whole earth will be able to say,

“Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
This is the Lord; we have waited for him;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”


As we wait patiently for that time to come, think through Isaiah 26:3 again.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. KJV

In the middle of wars and rumors of wars and nations rising against nations, pray that God will grant you perfect peace which comes from casting yourself before Him forever.

Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock
.
Isaiah 26:4

God Bless You,
Linda

Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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