Perfect Peace


From Pastor’s Desk: 4-1-18

Isaiah 26:3 …You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

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Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary gives, in my opinion, the best clarity to this verse, beginning with citing Psalm 112:7, 8 “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD” and proceeding to offer the following: Jesus can create “perfect peace” within thy mind, though storms of trial rage without (Isa 57:19; Mr 4:39); as a city kept securely by a strong garrison within, though besieged without (so Php 4:7). “Keep,” literally, “guard as with a garrison.” HORSLEY translates, (God’s) workmanship (the Hebrew does not probably mean “mind,” but “a thing formed,” Eph 2:10), so constantly “supported”; or else “formed and supported (by Thee) Thou shalt preserve (it, namely, the righteous nation) in perpetual peace.”

The KJV renders “…whose mind is stayed…” which, in the original, is sâmak (saw-mak’); to prop (literally or figuratively); reflexively to lean upon or take hold of (in a favorable or unfavorable sense): – bear up, establish, (up-) hold, lay, lean, lie hard, put, rest self, set self, stand fast, stay (self), sustain.

To keep upright in the various “Storms of life” that we encounter, it is essential that we lean upon or take hold of the Hand that is ultimately reliable, ever unchanging, and the only one that can bring peace in tumultuous situations.

James 1:8 declares, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

For a peaceful existence in this chaotic world, the latter seems to be the best way to go.

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