Psalm 120 is only 7 verses. It’s a song about how the writer struggles in a world that’s at war when all he wants is to live in peace. The song ends with “I am tired of living among people who hate peace. I search for peace; but when I speak of peace, they want war!”

I remember an old Sci-Fi movie entitled, “Battlefield Earth.” I guess that might describe this Psalmist’s impression as well. There is no peace for us, or so it seems. I once read that in the entire history of the planet there is less than 200 years, all total, of time in which there was no record of a war someone on the planet. Even in our personal relationships it’s often hard to remain at peace. I suspect there are times when we all can relate to the singer.

One of my favorite old hymns is, “Peace, Perfect Peace.” It was written by E. H. Bickersteth and it goes like this:

Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round?
On Jesus’ bosom nought but calm is found.
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.”

Don’t forget, they call Him the “Prince of Peace.” Shalom!

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11)