Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble. Psalm 119:165

Peace is the ever elusive, all-consuming desire of every person. It always seems just beyond our reach and an impossible goal in a world gone mad. Yet, this Scripture gives a promise for peace that can be easily realized by anyone. It says that if we love God’s Word, we will have peace. 

The word for “peace” used here is the well-known Hebrew word shalom. We tend to think of shalom merely as a simple greeting. It does, of course, mean peace, safety, and tranquility. Yet inherent in the meaning of the word is completeness, wholeness, health, prosperity, fullness, rest, and harmony. Thus peace is much more than the absence of war and conflict; it is the wholeness that the entire human race seeks. 

Where do we need the wholeness of God’s peace in our lives? As we fall in love with His Word, peace will naturally be the by-product.