My shalom, my Sabbath [Day 21]

My heart trembles at your word.

—Psalm 119:161

No one, I think, can sit down and at one reading exhaust the depths of meaning contained in a single psalm. What I find in a certain psalm on a certain day may be very unlike what I will find in that same psalm on a different day, and there is not the slightest doubt in my mind that, were I to write this book a dozen times over the next twenty years, it would be substantially different each time. Nor, even then would I have begun to sound the depths of the Psalter.

—Patrick Henry Reardon, Christ in the Psalms

HOREB TREMBLED when the glory of God descended upon it. The depths convulsed. “Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved” (1 Chron. 16:30). “He shakes the earth from its place and makes its pillars tremble” (Job 9:6). “Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob” (Ps. 114:7).

It is the seasoned believer who says, “my heart trembles at your word.” In that hope, say the following verses out loud:

161 Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at your word.

162 I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil.

163 I hate and abhor falsehood but I love your law.

164 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.

165 Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

166 I wait for your salvation, O LORD, and I follow your commands.

167 I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly.

168 I obey your precepts and your statutes, for all my ways are known to you.

Shalom

The word Sabbath (shabbath) begins with shin .  And shalom, peace. “Great peace (Shalom) have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”(Psalm 119:165)

To the Jew, shalom is not just the absence of strife. It denotes completion and wholeness, when all things are in their rightful place, when all measures are correct, when the levels have reached stillness. This is shalom of the Jew and of God.

The Hebrew word for joy, (simchah), begins with sin. Again, when you consider these elements here in the last days of Strategy 119, the rewards are evident. Not just peace, but a joyful peace, a joyful completion to the task undertaken.

Shaddai (Almighty) begins with sin. This is powerful company to keep. Only one more letter remains, but here is power, peace, regathering, completion, and wholeness.

The writer has surrendered at last, or at least surrender has worked so thoroughly within him that he has little strength to resist its redemptive force. He loves the law of the Lord. In these verses, there is none of the bargaining of the previous stanza. There is no hesitation in his voice, no wavering or staggering between two opinions.

Seven times a day he praises God.

He is now much more than a mere creature of habit. He is a truly submitted lover of God.

Prayer for Day 21:

That the Almighty would find residence in me. That he may find welcome here. My house has been swept clean and by his own hand. I am weak in myself, and yet reanimated by his labor in me.

In Christ, my Shalom, my Sabbath, my joy, and my Almighty God, amen.

9 Responses to “My shalom, my Sabbath [Day 21]”

  1. Linda Wasson June 3, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    I am saddened knowing this is almost over.

    I agree that I can read the same scripture over and over at different times in my life and it takes on a completely different aspect each time. I love that because I know it is working in me. The Psalms are my favorite scriptures, although many others have become Rhema to me as well.

    He is the peacemaker and He gives us peace that passes understanding, a calm inside that no one or nothing can shake. We may be distracted or wander (as sheep do sometimes) but He is always there to bring us back. The peace never fully leaves it may be disturbed for a while but it is always there. Great peace have they that love thy law and nothing shall offend them (or make them stumble). I have always loved that verse.

    The more I surrender to Him the more I love His law and the more joy that comes out through praise. I cannot hold it in it is too powerful to hide. I have never understood people who say it is a personal thing and should be kept to yourself, I cannot keep it to myself, I cannot contain it all. It is too wonderful to keep all to myself I want everyone to know this peace, love and joy that only comes from loving God and all that He is.

    My heart, Christ’s home.

  2. janie smith June 3, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    I am in the process of the Lord’s sweeping my house clean ,so that I may find welcome here.My mind and heart were so cluttered with unneeded baggage. I have greatly enjoyed the time of study with you.

  3. Michael Brown June 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    “I am weak in myself, and yet reanimated by his labor in me.”

    Fortunate when our beautifully exposed weaknesses shed a little light in the darkness of our understandings of His labors in us. Reanimating our Journey through ourselves to where He is…

  4. Kelly Reed June 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    “You are all together beautiful my darling and there is no blemish in you.” Song of Sol 4:7

    This is how my God sees me through Christ Jesus. Do I always believe this? No, but is it the truth? A resounding yes and amen!

    Holy, Holy, Holy. Amen and amen.

  5. Henrietta Todd June 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    I was told of this devotional offering closer to it’s beginning but other life busy-nesses crowded out the memory of this offering – I’m sorry for that for it appears I’ve missed a jewel. However, I was reminded of it again today and came here to see what I’ve been missing… a lot. Today, the “shalom of the Jew and of God” is the shalom I desire – and what a shalom that is! Also, I do wait for God’s salvation but I must be ever so much better at following His commands than I am. I thank Him for His mercy, grace, love and forgivenss. And finally, the prayer: “That the Almighty would find residence/welcome in me…” I truly desire to give that to Him. (Thank you, David.)

  6. davidteems June 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    One more day to go. It is a little sad, but then again, this is a beginning. And however large or however slight the change, the next time you do this 22 day retreat, the experience will be different. A new depth to claim, a new height to achieve. I have enjoyed all the comments. God bless you all.

  7. Marian Sue Daley June 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    But I tremble at your Word.. I read all of Isaiah 66 today. It makes me tremble…It is about judgement and hope, His return and we need to remember how many there are out there as in Noah’s day that have no idea or even desire to know Him. How much we need to pray for that person and opportunity to share what we know as God leads us.. I love the letter Shin ..So many beautiful words like Shabbat shalom Shaddai,Shema ( hear) Also v 166 it reads ” I wait for your salvation , O Lord and I follow your commands.” Jesus’s Hebrew name was Yeshua and it means salvation. When I see salvation in the word I put in Yeshua His Hebrew name… ‘ it would say also ” I wait for your Yeshua, O Lord and I follow your commands.’

  8. Sam Scales June 4, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    I too had to do some catching up in between our study together – because I allowed life to happen. But I cherish those moments sitting down with the Word, or in this case the laptop and read that wonderful Psalm.

    Verse 165 rings so true: Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

    Because if we truly are immersed in God and in His Word, we love Him and therefore desire to obey Him, we may make mistakes, but those mistakes won’t cause us to stumble, to stumble away from the Lord and His decrees…….therefore great is our peace!

    Thank You Jesus for that ‘shalom’ peace! Nothing compares to it!

  9. Wallyce June 6, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    In Christ, my Shalom, my Sabbath, my joy, and my Almighty God, amen

    ‘nuf said. <3

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