I have been listening to Christene Jackman, who sings Bible passages, mostly Psalms, in Hebrew. I really like what she’s written.
I listened her song on this passage, “The eyes of the Lord range through the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” II Chron. 16:9 And in the song, the word for “fully committed’ was shalom.
Shalom can also be translated as whole, complete, perfect, PEACE.
And it makes sense, because when we are fully committed to God, we are at peace with him. We aren’t divided, trying to be a friend of the world, which makes us an enemy of God.
More than that, we’re at peace because we are finally in the state we were created to be.
I’ve been reading a book on how our truest identity is in being made in the likeness of God. (The Truest Thing About You: Identity, Desire and Why it All Matters, David Lomas and D.R. Jacobsen.) Yesterday I read how God said to Jesus, “This is my son, whom I love In him I am well pleased.” (Matt 3:16) God knew how important it was to have Jesus see as his identity that he was God’s son. It would strengthen him against temptation, which he soon encountered. (Note that Satan tried to get Jesus to doubt his identity: “If you are the son of God.”) It would define his daily mission. Jesus said in John 5:17 that he always worked, as his Father worked. In John 13;3, Jesus washed feet because he knew he had come from God and was returning to God.
Realizing that he was God’s son created a state of shalom for Jesus. He was realizing his truest identity, what he was created to be.
And the same is true for me. I am created to be in a relationship with God. I am a chosen person, God’s special possession. (I Peter 2:9) In love, he predestined me to be adopted as his child. (Eph 1:4-5) I can have a calm confidence and a sense of utter rightness with God.
And of course, I am in shalom with God because he reconciled me to himself. (II Cor 5:16) Unlike the Jews of the Old Testament days, I am completely right with God because he has taken away my sin and clothed me with his righteousness. (Is 61:10, II Cor 5:21)
Shalom. That is who I am. I am in a state of peace with God. I am complete. I am whole.
I don’t have to chase after deeds for affirmation. I don’t have to look or act a certain way to prove myself. I don’t have to be riddled with insecurity.
This is a powerful concept that is changing me from the inside out. Father, I pray that it may continue to do so.