October 26, Saturday

Today’s blog, written by a former staff at Remnant Westside Church in Manhattan, was first posted on September 7, 2013.

 

Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“God’s Shalom”

Psalm 85:8-9

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly. 9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.

When God speaks, what does He say? In today’s Psalm, we see the attitude of the writer’s heart, willing and eager to hear what God has to say; the psalmist is encouraged and confident that God will speak “shalom” (i.e., peace) to his people. 

There is an expectation that even amid God’s chastisement of His people, the underlying message from God is that of peace. The writer recognizes that the response of God’s people should be of holiness and not turning back to folly, and that the fear of the Lord is what God wants to evoke through the discipline. Therefore, the psalmist professes the truth that repentance proceeds God’s glory being poured out.

When we experience the discipline of the Lord in our lives, it is easy to distort what we hear from God. As we go through difficulties, we might hear words like, “You are being punished”; “God doesn’t love you”; “You are a bad person” and so forth. Yet, the Psalmist is reminding us that even amid God’s discipline, His words are always of love and peace. Yes, there is the call to holiness and repentance for us, but it is in order for Him to embrace us, not reject us. 

What false words are you listening to? Ask the Lord to speak to you today, and that through the Holy Spirit, we would hear the Lord properly.

Prayer: Thank You, God, that You have given me promises in all areas of my life: in health, in ministry, in family, and at work!  You have not given me a spirit of timidity but of power, love, and a sound mind. This is the truth of God, and I will heed that, and not the lies of the enemy. Amen.   

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 6-7

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