Isaiah 26:3 Meditation


Text (Is 26:3, NIV):

"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you."

Amplified Rendering:

You, O Sovereign Lord and Supreme Master of Forces, guard closely those who've surrendered their lives to Your care. In yielding to Your Divine shaping and everlasting purposes(1), they've become like workable clay in the skilled Hands of the Master Potter(2).

They're protected, too, for nothing can touch them without Your noticing or permitting it(3). Furthermore, they've been imbued by You with an extraordinary happiness and life-congruency that far exceeds anything that can be produced in the natural. This is because they're living according to Your Divine rule and intentions and have made You their Refuge and Fortress(4). Even when difficulties do come, You've hidden them so deeply within You(5) no real harm can befall them.

As You've promised, You're with them(6)—always. Even more, You're living in them(7) and working through them(8) to bless the world, accomplish Your grand purposes in creation, and inflame in them (and those they touch) a passionate delight in You(9).

This, O God, is shalom-shalom(10)—perfect, overflowing, never ending shalom; it is the way we were created to live...from the very beginning.

Consecrating Prayer:

Holy Father…

I lay the entirety of my life in Your most capable Hands. Mold me and make me into the vessel You dreamt of long before the foundations of the earth were laid. To become (and be!) who I was (and still am) in Your Divine imagination(11) will be my joy, and it will give me a strength(12) and steadfastness beyond imagination. I trust You with my life, Lord. I'm Yours; expend me as You please.

In the Name of Jesus, I ask these things…

Amen.

Notes

  1. See Ro 12:2, 2Co 3:18, and He 12:2.

  2. See Is 29:16 and Je 18:6.

  3. See Jb 1.

  4. See Ps 91:2.

  5. See Co 3:3.

  6. See Mt 5:10 and 28:20b, Js 1:9, and Jn 14:6.

  7. See Jn 14:17 and 1Co 6:19-20.

  8. See Ph 2:12-13 and Jn 15:1-27.

  9. See Ps 37:4.

  10. The Hebrew word shalom, which is often translated "peace" in most English Bible translations, means far more than just our modern (and limited) understandings of the word peace. Shalom is a state of complete harmony, happiness, peace, contentment, security, fruitfulness, creativity, and personal integratedness. It is a state of selfless being (of being like Loving-kindness Himself), where one does the right thing always (and lovingly), tells the truth always (and lovingly), and rests whole-heartedly in the recreating Hands of Almighty God. No earthly treasure could ever hope to compare with the shalom-shalom of being the apple of God's Eye (See Ps 16:11 and 17:8) and hidden securely in the center of His holy (and mindful) presence and perfect will.

  11. See Ro 8:29.

  12. See Ne 8:10.

 

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