4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
5 Let your gentle spirit be know to all men. The Lord is near.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
The impact of God’s glory on us results in us taking comfort in His perfect peace.
Indeed, if we are so enthralled in and trusting of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, then we will naturally be at peace — we will believe He is capable of handling anything and everything that comes our way.
We are to rejoice in this Prince of Peace so faithfully that Paul reminded us of our duty twice: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (v. 4).
This is so that our rejoicing becomes second nature - like a habit, but one that never becomes rote or automate. It’s amazing how God is both the author of worship and the outcome of it.
The Prince of Peace both inspires our worship, and inhabits our praises. When we enter the Lord’s presence in prayer—both in need and in praise—
He hears our prayers and gives us His peace. When we go before the Lord with our cares, our worries, our praise, and our thanksgiving, He equips us with His peace to handle any situation (v. 7).
A military term, Christ’s peace literally “guard[s]” us, and the impact of God’s kingship on our lives leads to our resting in His capabilities, filling us with His peace.
- What is the connection between prayer, praise, and peace?
- What are you anxious about right now? How does the Prince of Peace “guard your heart and mind” (v. 7) from worry?
- Thank Jesus for moving all our fears and anxieties to the wayside. Thank Him that His answer to our prayers is always one of peace.