Posted by: dhkrause | October 14, 2013

Peace with God

The Bible reveals the way to have peace with God, and to experience the peace of God in our lives.  For example, Psalm 51 contains David’s prayer for forgiveness and restoration – peace with God, when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had gone to Bathsheba.

Psalm 51
Be gracious to me, God,
according to Your faithful love;
according to Your abundant compassion,
blot out my rebellion.
Wash away my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.

Turn Your face away from my sins
and blot out all my guilt.
10 God, create a clean heart for me
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from Your presence
or take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore the joy of Your salvation to me,
and give me a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach the rebellious Your ways,
and sinners will return to You.

God’s forgiveness, restoration and faithful love is evident in David’s hymn of praise in Psalm 103:

My soul, praise Yahweh,
and all that is within me, praise His holy name.
My soul, praise the Lord,
and do not forget all His benefits.
He forgives all your sin;
He heals all your diseases.
He redeems your life from the Pit;
He crowns you with faithful love and compassion.
He satisfies you with goodness;
your youth is renewed like the eagle.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His faithful love
toward those who fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed
our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.

In Psalm 85, the sons of Korah, like David, look forward to the coming of the Messiah in whom God’s faithful love and truth join together, and righteousness and peace embrace:

10 Faithful love and truth will join together; righteousness and peace will embrace.
11 Truth will spring up from the earth, and righteousness will look down from heaven.

Isaiah wrote of the characteristics of the Son of God who was to come, who is both the Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the nations:

Isaiah 9
For a child will be born for us,
a son will be given to us,
and the government will be on His shoulders.
He will be named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

In Isaiah 52, Isaiah describes those who proclaim peace, bringing the good news of God’s salvation:

Isaiah 52
How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of the herald,
who proclaims peace,
who brings news of good things,
who proclaims salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

We receive God’s peace through faith in Yeshua (Jesus), as he declares in John 14:27,

Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.

Those who declare and bring this peace are peacemakers sent by Him, about whom He declares in Matthew 5:9,

The peacemakers are blessed, for they will be called sons of God.

Paul likewise declares how to receive peace with God, in Romans 5:1,

Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul prays in Romans 15 that the God of hope and peace will be with believers, filling them with hope and peace and joy:

13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
33 The God of peace be with all of you. Amen.

In Philippians 4, Paul encourages believers to rejoice in the Lord, being assured that the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds, and the God of peace will be with us:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Being united with the Messiah of Israel and Savior of the nations, His grace, mercy and peace are with us, in truth and love:

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.   (2 John 1:3)

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, https://compellinglove.net/, 10/13/2013

 (Bible Quotations are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.)


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