I’ve Got Peace Like a River

I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river. I’ve got peace like a river in my soul (not my shoe). I’ve got peace like a river. I’ve got peace like a river. I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.

Our KidZChoiR has been learning this song on the bells recently. In fact, it will be their special in music this Sunday morning in church. It’s just one of those old, classic songs from way back when, that somehow or other we just tend to forget about. . . until. . . .well, until God wakes you up and reminds you of it. And let me tell you that listening to it played on the bells by 20+ elementary students sort of helps it to become ingrained on the brain, if you know what I mean!!!

Once it’s there, branded into your cerebral matter, it’s amazing how you start to see the theme of peace in all kinds of places. World peace, peace signs, one my 3rd grade boys left me last night with a hearty, “Peace Out Ms Dawn!” But there is no greater place to really find out about peace than God’s Word, and today it was in every place I happened to be reading. For example:

Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”
Isaiah 59:8 “They way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths.”
John 16:33 “I have told you these things so that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart. I have overcome the world.”

How could the theme of peace not be destined for the blog today? These verses remind me of how thankful I am to serve a God who leads us, guides us and directs us in the paths of peace, and who is equally faithful to show us the the things that will keep us from it. I’m thankful for songs that remind us that peace like a river is ours and that is can reside down in our souls–not our soles. For peace doesn’t come from outward or material things, peace comes from within. Peace comes from knowing and trusting that God has it all under control. He knew that we would have much trouble, and He reminded us that no matter what happens it will be okay, because He has overcome the world.

I love the joy of being able to show HiSKidZ how the songs they love have their root in God’s Word, and how God’s word has its root in God himself. I love showing them that there is power and truth in the songs we sing. I love how God shows those things to me. I love being able to sing and to live out the words of the our songs and the truth of God’s Word, because that allows me to walk through each and every day with not only peace like a river, but with love like an ocean, and joy like a fountain. . . in my soul.

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