But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
Thanksgiving Day is over and not everyone has or was able to spend time with family and friends. This has been an extremely difficult year for many people and for some, the holidays can be a lonely and sad time. I sometimes feel it too. I miss loved ones that have gone to be with the Lord and those who can’t be near me. But we are not alone, God is with us in every moment of every day. If we focus on the Lord, His goodness and our blessings He will get us through it. He will give us comfort, peace and joy when we draw near to Him.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
Today I am thankful for praise and worship music. Being able to praise and worship God through song is so uplifting and inspiring. No matter what is going on in my life it all just seem to melt away instantly as I begin to focus on God. It doesn’t just have to be the music at church. Sometimes it’s while I’m at home or even in the car. I could be driving, feeling some type of way and the perfect song comes on the radio at just the right time and it reminds me that God is always with me and that everything is going to be okay. Even though I’m not a very good singer, when I sing along I feel connected to my Savior and I feel peace in my heart.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
When you have a personal relationship with Jesus, His peace pours into your heart. When you trust in the Lord with all your heart you can live at peace no matter what is happening around you. The closer you get to God the more start to see how His peace changes your heart. What may have once been angry and hurtful doesn’t have to be that way anymore. It’s up to you to decide if you are going to let God in and change your once hardened heart. Be thankful for the peace God freely gives through Jesus Christ to all believers.
Wisdom that comes from heaven is pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
There is a difference between people who have Godly wisdom and people who are wise in their own eyes. Godly wisdom comes from the Lord and it gives us the desire to live a life that is obedient and respectful to God and His holiness no matter what trials we face. It helps us to see the best in people, to be patient and to forgive others and it also help us to step back in the interest of peace when appropriate. It allows us to be open to receiving good advice and godly counsel. It compels us to be merciful and compassionate toward all people leading us to do the good works God has already planned for us with a sincere and impartial heart. How do we get this wisdom? God reveals it through the Holy Spirit and through His Word to every believer in Christ who asks in faith.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Things are going to happen in life that make you mad, sad, afraid or are just hard to get through. Don’t be troubled or afraid Jesus is the Prince of Peace and has given you the peace that is revealed in the Gospel. He’s left you peace that was paid for with His precious blood when He gave His life for you on Calvary. You cannot get true peace by your own means, nothing in this world will bring you true peace because the world does not have peace. By faith you are able to receive this precious gift of peace that is Jesus Christ Himself. When your heart is hurting, troubled or afraid turn to Jesus. He’ll give you peace beyond anything compared to in this world and it is available to all that will trust in Him.
I lie down and sleep: I wake again because the Lord sustains me.
Even in the battles you can find peace because God is with you. When you give all your cares, fears and troubles to the Lord, He will give you rest for your soul. When you trust in the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul and surrender your life to Him, He alone will give you peace unlike anything you’ve ever known. God will allow you to lie down and sleep peacefully knowing that He is in control and He is working everything out for the good of those who love Him. When you wake each morning, thank God for another day of life and praise Him for His goodness and mercy.
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
God’s grace is enough to transform any situation. The more you trust in God the more His strength and power are evident in your life. When you are weak call on the Lord, He will strengthen and support you as you go through trials. He will comfort and refresh your spirit as you trust in Him. It may not be easy, but when you surrender to God, He will give you peace like no other. The world we live in has changed drastically and the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour but God’s saving grace gives you the victory. In all your times of need, have faith that God’s grace is enough to see you through and trust in Him with all your heart.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
How amazing it is to know that the God we serve created all things in the heavens and on earth, His power is limitless. As human beings we have limits to what we can do on our own, but with God all things are possible. God can turn your mess into a message, your test into a testimony, your trial into a triumph, a victim into a victory and so much more. Stop putting human limitations on a God that has no limit to what He can do. With God there is hope, peace and fullness of life like you’ve never known. Have faith in God alone because with God all things are possible!
Draw near to God, come to Him by faith, with true repentance and obedience, leaving your sins behind you. Study the Word of God to learn who He really is. Come to the foot of the throne and seek His presence with a sincere heart through prayer, fasting, praise and worship for He is truly worthy. God loved you first and is waiting for you to take the next step by inviting Him into every part of your life. He loves you more than you can ever imagine and when you draw near to Him, He draws near to you by granting you His gracious presence, by communicating His love to you, by applying the blessings of His grace, by helping you in times of need and distress and by protecting you from you enemies. (John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible) Come to God and receive His love, grace, mercy, peace and forgiveness.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Throughout the Bible there are verses that encourage us to be diligent workers and there are also verses that say we need to rest, even God rested on the seventh day. Whether you are physically, emotionally or spiritually exhausted and burdened Jesus is inviting you and encouraging you to come to Him to find rest, peace, comfort, happiness and salvation. Believe in Jesus Christ, trust in Him and He will give you rest for your body, mind for your soul.