Ah, for some peace and quiet! When did you last say that? Two minutes ago?! Nothing quite like it…peace and quiet!
We live in a community with new homes going up all around us in varied stages of completion. Foundations poured. Framing going up. Shingles nailed down. Sheetrock put in place. Painters spraying away in some of the most inclement weather.
All that noise rarely bothers me. But throw in a loud radio, and I’m out like a banshee getting them to turn it down or off completely. Deputized by the anti-blasted-radio brigade! At night and on weekends, a welcome respite returns.
Reading Psalm 122, I notice that peace and quiet show up there as well. Verses 6 and 7–‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May they be secure who love you! Peace be with your walls and security within your towers!’ The Hebrew word for ‘peace’ is ‘shalom’, as you already know. A big word in the Bible. A great one to know; and, even better, to experience.
‘Security’ is the word ‘shala’ in Hebrew language. It means to be at ease, to relax. Secure and quiet. When we find ourselves close to the Lord (we know when we are and when we’re not), we’ll discover peace and quiet as His gifts to us.
A security far more valuable than stocks or bonds. Its value beyond measure. Things money could never buy. After all, they’re not for sale. Gifts never are. Ours to have, only for their grateful receiving.
Let me wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year! 2017! Filled with the Lord’s gifts of peace and quiet! Enjoy them. Snuggle up close to Him. That’s where you’ll find them.
Happy New Year!
Prayer: For all your gifts, our Lord, we thank you. Mainly for Jesus. Amen.