Great peace have those who love your law,
and nothing can make them stumble.
Psalm 119:165 (NIV)
When I read this verse, I found myself pondering more on “Great Peace” and the pronoun “them” than the other words. And then I asked myself why the Psalmist didn’t refer to “I” or “me”, as he did in many verses of this psalm, but referred to “them” (others)?
The Psalmist highlighted those who are filled with Great Peace – those who love, trust and obey God’s law (the Holy Scriptures). As a result, since they walk in God’s ways, with the lamp which is God’s Word, there’s nothing to make them stumble.
The Perfect Peace, the Great Peace, from God is not for all people but for all lovers of His law. Jesus needs this peace to be spread to others (Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21)
We are the “them” in this verse. We are called to pass on this received peace and stability that we have received in loving God’s law – witnessing that God’s law brings Perfect Peace amidst stumbling circumstances; His word will stand and the world will be at peace.
Take a few moments right now to pray for the “them” – God’s law lovers, who are spreading this gospel of Great Peace, so that God will see His kingdom of heaven on earth passed on to others through them.
This is the third in the “Read God’s Words” series of blog posts and was submitted by Evariste Macumi, PEER Servants volunteer in Bujumbura, Burundi.