Advent Peace - Day 2

"The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, 
     a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know Your Name will trust in You, 
     for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You."
- Psalm 9:9-10

"Those who know Your Name..."

Names don't really seem to mean quite as much in our culture anymore, but there was a time when a person's name was pretty much synonymous with their reputation - and I think that's the context in which the psalmist is writing in these verses.  God had a reputation among His people - and among the nations - and it was a good one.  Anyone who knew His Name - His reputation - would of course trust Him - because  "You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You."

We love and serve a God whose reputation is flawless among us.  He is always good, always kind, always loving, always compassionate, always just, always.... (you fill in the word.  (Seriously.  In the comments.))  ;)

And because He is always who He is, He is trustworthy.  And you can't trust Him and not be at peace.  Sometimes trust is a choice.  Your emotions may be all over everywhere and your thoughts might be going a million miles an hour and there's just stuff you can't figure out or fix - but when you stop and breathe and remember who He is - and then make the conscious choice to trust Him in your current situation, peace will inevitably follow.  Your situation may not change right away - but you will.

So come on, church.  Let's encourage each other.  Finish the sentence, and let's put our trust and hope in God today, declaring that we are at peace, because we are confident in Him.

He is always _____________.

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