40 Days of PEACE

Dr Jim Brown's TruNorth Devotional
40 Days of PEACE
Day 9 | SEEK PEACE | Psalm 34:14
SEEK PEACE

Psalm 34:14
“Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.”


David wrote this Psalm before he was king, but right after he feigned madness in front of the Achish, who then had him driven out of the town.  (See 1 Samuel 21 and 22.)  He – and a few other desperate men – hid in a cave at Adullam, where he wrote it.  

I find that history relevant because, frankly, David was NOT having a very good day.  He was being chased by King Saul – who wanted to kill him – and had just narrowly escaped from the Philistine city of Gath after pretending to be mad.

I think it’s interesting how he starts this Psalm.  Verse 1 says: “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

We immediately see that this is a psalm of praise to God, written despite David’s difficult circumstances, which can certainly teach us something.

Remember the verse which says, “David was a man after God’s own heart”?  Well, THIS is one of the KEY things that David did right… he was always quick to praise God, regardless of his present circumstances.

How about you?  Do you praise God only when things are wonderful?

Then we get to verse 14 – “Depart from evil and do good, SEEK PEACE and PURSUE IT.”

God is speaking to us today through this Psalm.  People are so angry. Families, churches, states, and the entire country is so divided.

We can’t fix the country, but we can SEEK PEACE. We can strive to have peace between ourselves and others… even if we disagree about things.

PEACE, God’s peace.

Prayer: LORD, help me to leave evil and instead, do good.  Help me seek PEACE with everyone in my circle and everyone I meet – as much as possible.  Amen.
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