Proclaiming Peace


“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.”

St. Francis of Assisi


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Psalm 23:4


Psalm 23:4

“Even though I walk through the valley

of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,

for you are with me; your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.”

Psalm 23 is a well-known, and beautiful Psalm, and this is a beautiful verse, but why does the Psalmist say that God’s rod and staff bring comfort to him? Some may think that the Godly person is one that enjoys being beaten or at least corrected.

But take this verse in the context of the rest of the Psalm and we see a different picture. Psalm 23 speaks of God providing for us in wonderful ways, pastures to lie down in, a table prepared before us, in the presence of our enemies, and so on. Our soul is also restored.

But my friends, rods and staffs were used by shepherds, and they were used to guide the sheep, and to keep away predators. The rod was never used to beat people, only wolves and other deadly animals. It was a club to keep away the beasts.

So the best way to think of this section of the verse, is like this,

“Your protection, and guidance they comfort me.”



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quote from the NIV Bible

Psalm 13


How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?

How long will you hide your face from me?

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts

and every day have sorrow in my heart?

How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, O Lord my God.

Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;

my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”

and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;

my heart rejoices in your

salvation. I will sing

to the Lord, for he has been

good to me.


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quote from the NIV Bible