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How to Have a Peaceful Heart (7 of 8)
Series: An Instruction Manual for the Christian Life
1. WHAT DAVID WAS FACING
a) What Others Were Showing
b) What Others Were Saying
2. WHAT DAVID WAS FEELING
a) The Experience of His Gladness
b) The Extent of His Gladness
3. WHAT DAVID WAS FINDING
a) Don't Let Your Situations Distract You
b) Don't Let Your Situations Defile You
c) Don't Let Your Situations Defeat You
I read about two paintings that hang side by side in a certain palace in Italy. One is of a stormy sea with its wild waves, and black clouds and fierce flashes streaking across the sky. In the waters a human face is seen, wearing an expression of the utmost agony and despair. The other picture is also of a sea, tossed by a fierce storm, with as dark clouds; but out of the midst of the waves a rock rises, against which the waters dash. In a cleft of a rock are some tufts of grass and green herbage, with sweet flowers, and amid these a dove is seen sitting on her nest, quiet and undisturbed by the wild fury of the storm.
There are two ways one can face the dark storms of life. You can face the storms with anxiety, or you can face them with tranquility. It is not a matter if storms will come, for storms are as certain as death and taxes. The issue is not what to do if storms come, but what to do when storms come. The question is how will face the storms of life.
Today, I want to talk to you about how you can have a peaceful heart when you go through the storms. In verse 8 David said, "I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep." As we shall see, David was going through a storm, but in the storm he had a peaceful heart. The word "peace" is the Hebrew word shalom. Shalom was a common greeting and farewell among the Jewish people.
As a greeting it was a way of asking how one was doing. We say, "How you been doing?" The Jew would say, "Shalom." An example is found in Genesis 26:6 Jacob asked about Naban, "Is he ...
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