Reflections For Living In Times of Covid19 - Psalm 85:8
Wednesday May 20, 2020
As the entire world, it seems, is singing a new song called THE BLESSING that was written earlier this year by Kari Jobe and her husband Cody Carnes, and Pastor Steven Furtick and Chris Brown from Elevation Church - we have come to verse 8 of Psalm 85.
The song THE BLESSING comes from the Aaronic Blessing found in Numbers 6 in the Bible, and is a powerful declaration of God's blessing and keeping, His graciousness and His peace, His favour and His presence upon His people and their children to come for generations.
And so too, this verse 8 from Psalm 85.
Let us hear what God the Lord will speak. Because, these days in the midst of world-wide Covid-19 sickness and death and economic crisis, He is still speaking. Let us make sure we are paying attention to His voice in the midst of so many other voices that are clamoring to be heard.
For He will speak peace to His people, to His saints. That is what He wants for us: His peace. In Hebrew, the word is SHALOM: which means peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, welfare and prosperity - a much more inclusive, integral and holistic concept than just the absence of hostility and war. God wants us to know and to live in His SHALOM: where we can physically abide in tranquility and serenity, yes; but He also longs for us to experience fullness and plenitude and deep contentment in our inner souls, as we dwell in a well-being and an abundance that come from Him.
Although peace and welfare in our outer surroundings is important and good, when all is said and done our true SHALOM does not depend upon them for us to be tranquil and serene. We can be living in the midst of a global coronavirus pandemic and world-wide financial upheaval, but our inner being can still be at peace. Just as Jesus was able, one day here on earth, to sleep quietly in a boat in the midst of a violent storm at sea, we too can rest and be well in our souls even when the world appears to be crumbling and collapsing all around us. Jesus gives us a peace that is not of this world and that surpasses all understanding - because He Himself is our peace.
And finally, with God's SHALOM within us, we will be strengthened with wisdom from on high - and our natural human tendency to turn back to folly, to go back to our former foolish thinking and ways, will be preempted and enlightened by His perfect knowledge and understanding of what is best for us.
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