LIVE IN PEACE

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
 
Psalm 122 peace
Peace. We all want it. No one wants to be unsettled if you asked humans to be honest. Is this a utopia that can never be achieved? Is it not in the cards for people to live in peace?
 
What IS peace? According to man’s definition it is freedom from disturbance; tranquility. There are many synonyms for peace: tranquility, calm, calmness, restfulness, quiet, quietness, quietude, silence, hush, noiseless, stillness. It is a a state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended.
 
Jesus said the peace I give you is not like the world’s definition. It is a gift from God through Jesus delivered by His Holy Spirit who lives in each believer and follower. It is peace of mind no matter what is going on around us. Jesus said, ” I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27, NLT)
 
Psalm 122 peace of Christ
Paul reminds us to “Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Is being thankful just thrown in for good measure? I don’t think so. When we are grateful to God for all He has done, is doing and will do, peace comes knowing God is in control…no matter what.
 
NOW we come to our next Psalm, a pilgrim song of David’s that tells of God’s greatness. It tells of how much David loves God. David longs to worship God where He is for Who He is. Then David prays for peace. Friends and family of God…”get along!” “For the sake of my family and friends, I say it again; live in peace!”
 
Psalm 122, The Message
A Pilgrim Song of David
 
Psalm 122 11-2 When they said, “Let’s go to the house of God,”
my heart leaped for joy.
And now we’re here, O Jerusalem,
inside Jerusalem’s walls!
 
3-5 Jerusalem, well-built city,
built as a place for worship!
The city to which the tribes ascend,
all God’s tribes go up to worship,
To give thanks to the name of God—
this is what it means to be Israel.
Thrones for righteous judgment
are set there, famous David-thrones.
 
6-9 Pray for Jerusalem’s peace!
Prosperity to all you Jerusalem-lovers!
Friendly insiders, get along!
Hostile outsiders, keep your distance!
For the sake of my family and friends,
I say it again: live in peace!
For the sake of the house of our God, God,
I’ll do my very best for you.
 
Psalm 122 not pieces“Do all that you can to live in peace with
everyone.” Romans 12:18, NLT
 
We can only live in peace when the peace of Christ rules our hearts, minds and souls. Live peace, the gift of God’s love by inviting Jesus into your hearts. Peace from God is the gift that keeps on giving!
 
Psalm 122 God is peace
Dear Heavenly Father,
Real peace is your wonderful gift that takes through good times and bad and delivers Your promise to always be with us…so why be afraid of the unknown that is clearly known by you? You are peace. Thank you for this gift delivered by Your Holy Spirit living in us.
In Jesus Name, Amen
 
And I’m singing…
 
There comes to my heart one sweet strain,
A glad and a joyous refrain;
I sing it again and again–
Sweet peace, the gift of God’s love.
Chorus:
Peace, peace, sweet peace!
Wonderful gift from above!
O wonderful, wonderful peace!
Sweet peace, the gift of God’s love!
 
Thro’ Christ on the cross peace was made,
My debt by His death was all paid;
No other foundation is laid
For peace, the gift of God’s love. (Chorus)
 
When Jesus as Lord I had crowned,
My heart with this peace did abound;
In Him the rich blessing I found–
Sweet peace, the gift of God’s love. (Chorus)
 
In Jesus for peace I abide,
And as I keep close to His side,
There’s nothing but peace doth betide–
Sweet peace, the gift of God’s love. (Chorus)

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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