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November 27, 2008

peace, perfect peace

A speaker at church on Sunday talked about the hymn Peace, Perfect Peace. The hymn's author, Edward H. Bickersteth wrote these words in 1875 after hearing a sermon on Isaiah 26:3, where the min­is­ter re­lat­ed that the He­brew text used the word peace twice to in­di­cate ab­so­lute per­fect­ion. The lyrics below are somewhat archaic, but the truths are alive. I've used bold italics for those things that might be the cause of our lack of peace and bold for how Christ ministers peace to that area. My soul hasn't been very still lately. This is a timely reminder to me that there is nothing outside the Lord's control or care. My ultimate reality is one of ultimate peace! I am blessed beyond all measure.

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.

Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round?
On Jesus' bosom naught but calm is found.

Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away?
In Jesus' keeping we are safe, and they.

Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.

Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours?
Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.

It is enough: earth's struggles soon shall cease,
And Jesus call us to heaven's perfect peace.

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