“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength.” ~ Isaiah 26:3,4, NKJV
Isn’t this the perfect scripture to begin your day with? Life is pretty tough for most folks these days and yet, as children of the Most High God, we do not go it alone. Amen? God, our Father is with us, leading us, cheering us on and surrounding us with His love.
In Hebrew, “perfect peace” is expressed as shalom, shalom. Repeating the same word twice is the Hebrew method of emphasizing how powerful this expression is. This passage of scripture is telling us that the Lord will keep us in everything the word shalom implies: health, happiness, well-being, and peace IF we keep our mind on Him. According to the commentary in my Spirit Filled Life Study Bible, “the Hebrew word for mind is actually a word meaning “creative imagination”. Isaiah’s thought is that he whose creative imagination, the seat of plans and ideas, is firmly founded on the eternal Lord, will enjoy shalom in all its implications.” That’s a fancy way of saying that when we commit our way to the Lord and acknowledge Him in all things, He will direct our paths, He will embrace us with His love, He will pour out His grace upon us and He will lift us high upon the Rock far away from the enemy’s snare.
I love this next discovery…
“…for in YAH the Lord, is everlasting strength.” Yah is a shorter form of the Lord’s name, Yahweh, or Jehovah. This name is found many times in the Old Testament, especially the Psalms. (Are you ready for the thriller?) Frequently in the Psalms it is part of a compound word Hallelu-Yah! Translated, this means “Praise the Lord”, but literally it means “You must all praise Yah!” I love this! How many times have I proclaimed hallelujah and not realized that part of the word is the Lord’s Name? I will forevermore speak this beautiful expression will clearer understanding.
As we go about our day, let’s purpose in our hearts to focus on Jesus and Him alone. When your eye catches a glimpse of that pile of unpaid bills, remind yourself of Jehovah Jireh – the Lord Who provides. When you feel like you are swirling in a whirlwind of confusion, think of Jehovah-raah – The Lord your Shepherd. Are you feeling hurt by a friend, betrayed by loved ones? Think of El Roi – the God Who sees. Dear One, you are not alone in your struggles. We can trust the Lord with all things, but we must make Him the center of our little world.
I love how The Message puts it: “People with their minds set on You, You keep completely whole, steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit. Depend on GOD and keep at it because in the LORD GOD you have a sure thing.”
May I pray for you?
Father, I lift up my precious readers to You, the God of all things, Maker of heaven and earth. Lord, there is nothing too difficult for You – NOTHING! I stand amazed at Your faithfulness, Lord. Fill my friends with overflowing peace and contentment as they focus on You in the midst of their difficulties. Reveal yourself to them in a very special and tangible way. Let them feel the tenderness of Your love, the embrace of Your acceptance. Father, speak life into the dark places of their hearts. Shower them with the knowledge of their worth to You. You are awesome God. There is no God like You. You, alone, are the One True God and we worship You and praise You with our whole being. Hallelujah!
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