Wednesday: Psalm 85, 86; Zechariah 13; Matthew 23.13-end

From: Brittany Yeager

"Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly." Psalm 85.8

"Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name." Psalm 86.11

How often my heart is divided against itself. I saw this clearly the other day when I exclaimed to Jon early in the morning that I just didn't think morning prayer was a good idea in the chaos that has been our mornings recently. Even as the words left my mouth, I felt the strong conviction that prayer was exactly what we needed, exactly the thing that would bring peace to an otherwise chaotic and harried morning.

The psalmist knows that he is in need of hearing the peace that is spoken from the mouth of God. He knows that his heart is too prone to be divided against itself, to turn back to folly.

I, too, long to hear peace spoken over me: peace when my heart becomes anxious over the care of my grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer's and struggles to understand her purpose in life; peace when a friend is struggling and I long to speak words of peace and grace and companionship; peace when I find myself undone by anger or frustration when my day takes a turn from my expectations. I know I need peace spoken over me because my heart is divided and I am torn between believing the truth and the lies that easily creep in.

Today, may the peace that God speaks to his people reign in our hearts. May this peace enable us to walk in truth and may it put an end to the division we experience in the deepest places of our hearts. And may we have the courage to ask God to let us hear his peace spoken over us, especially in the places where we fear his peace will never go. He is able and willing.

I live in Arlington with Jon and Ellie. I am currently enjoying all things fall: cooler weather, changing leaves, pumpkins galore!