Morning devotion: Read Psalm 119

Psalms 119:165  ¶Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Oh, the peace of it all. Would we have peace? Would we embrace peace?

Peace according to Mr. Webster is: “In a general sense, a state of quiet or tranquillity; freedom from disturbance or agitation; applicable to society, to individuals, or to the temper of the mind.”

There is a greater peace than what we can experience in this old world. It is called the peace of God with God. It is an established peace that God gives when the heart is no longer at enmity with God.

It is knowing that God is no longer our enemy but our Savior. Knowing that we no longer are headed to a devil’s hell but our Savior’s heaven. It is only afforded by Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jesus said in John 14:27  “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

God’s peace is far different from tranquility, quite or freedom from disturbance and agitation, no, it is “the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is.” (Strong’s concordance) While this world may be headed toward destruction and chaos, the Christian is at peace, knowing God.

Jesus said in John 16:33  “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

David said in Psalms 119:165  “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

The Christian, the born-again believer, who knows and loves the word of God, has no problem with its contents nor its truth, no matter what aspect it reveals. The Christian has no problem with the grace, mercy and love of God as well as the wrath and judgment of God, for they know God is righteous.

This world may bring great disturbance especially in these days, however the Christian in the peace of God and with God, through the word of God, knows it will be ok.

Romans 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The opposite is true of those who are unsaved or shallow or ungrounded in God’s word.

Matthew 13:20  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21  Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

The person who receives the word of God into their shallow heart, has trouble with tribulation and persecution and trials in life and become offended and lose their peace and trust of God.

For that person, when quiet or tranquility is broken or agitation and trial enter into their life, they become agitated, angry and lose the peace they could have in the Lord and in His word.

Psalms 119:165  “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

The word of God is more than just the written word it is Jesus. 1 John 5:7  For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Trust in the living word of God, Jesus, and you will know peace. No Jesus, no peace – Know Jesus know peace.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook