(By Rachel Joyce)
His voice echoes over the tumult in my heart.
Louder than my seething, roiling fears
Which rise suddenly, churning, foaming,
Breaking over my head, threatening
To drown me.
“Peace, be still! I am with you always,
Even to the end. And I will never, never
Leave or abandon you. You are mine,
My almighty arms hold you tenderly
Near my heart.”
His voice thunders over my circumstances.
“My peace I give unto you, let it rule
In your heart and soul because I Am
The Prince of Peace and in Me, you are
As I rest in the shelter of His embrace,
I hear His gentle whisper, “You are mine
And I am yours, always and forever,
My love will bring you through and
In my daily reading, I noticed how the voice of the Lord has been described in Scripture as both thundering and whispering. I love the truth that He stretches from one end of the spectrum to the other. Thundering…whispering, He is the beginning and the end. The alpha and omega and every letter in-between. He is truly our peace, our joy, our hope, and our all. Here are a few verses I drew from when writing “My Peace”:
“The voice of the LORD echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders. The LORD thunders over the mighty sea” (Psalm 29:3).
“His voice thundered like mighty ocean waves” (Revelation 1:15).
“‘Go out and stand before me on the mountain,’ the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper” (1 Kings 19:11-13).
“And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39).
“ Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27).
"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15).
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).