JULY 17

 

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee—Isa. 26: 3.

 

This is not worldly peace, not the peace of indifference, not the peace of sloth, not the peace of self-indulgence, not the peace of fatalism; but it is the peace of Christ— "My peace." Looking back we can see that the Master preserved His peace with God under all conditions. It is a peace which implicitly trusts to the Divine wisdom, love, justice and power—a peace which remembers the gracious promise made to the Lord's faithful, that nothing shall by any means hurt His faithful, and that all things shall work together for good to them that love God. This peace can accept by faith whatever Divine providence permits, and can look through its tears with joyful expectancy, for the ultimate blessings which the Master has promised, and of which the present peace and joy are merely foretastes.

 

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For the mind to be stayed on the Lord, implies not only justification and consecration but also a faithful compliance with their terms. To such and to such only does God promise perfect peace. Nor is this peace the rest of the heart and mind of their  humanity; it is the peace of God that as consecrated ones they are privileged to enjoy—a peace that increases in length and depth and height and breadth in proportion to the thoroughness of their spirit of consecration.

 

Parallel passages: Psa. 29: 11; 119: 165; Isa. 54: 10, 13; John 14: 27; Rom. 8: 6; 15: 13, 33; Eph. 2: 14-17; Phil. 4: 7, 9; Col. 1: 20; 3: 15; Heb. 4.

 

Questions: Have I kept perfect peace this week? Why and how? What hindered or helped therein? With what results?

 

GOD'S PERFECT PEACE

 

LIKE a river glorious is God's perfect peace,

Over all victorious in its glad increase.

Perfect; yet it floweth fuller every day;

Perfect; yet it groweth deeper all the way.

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are truly blest,

Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

 

Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,

Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;

Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,

Not a blast of hurry toucheth spirit there.

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are truly blest,

 Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

 

Every joy or trial cometh from above,

Traced upon our dial by the Sun of love.

We may trust Him solely, all for us to do;

They who trust Him wholly, find Him wholly true.

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are truly blest,

Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

 

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