Ps. 34:12-14 – Do you want to live a long, good life, enjoying the beauty that fills each day? Then never speak a lie or allow wicked words to come from your mouth. Keep turning your back on every sin, and make “peace” your life motto. Practice being at peace with everyone.
Shalom is used as a greeting or a goodbye in modern day Israel. It is a beautiful Bible word that has many shades of meaning and various applications. It means, peace, wholeness, prosperity, and health. It encompasses the well being of our whole being; spirit, soul, and body. In this Psalm David is rejoicing in his deliverance from King Saul. He attributes his shalom to his unwillingness to speak or act against Saul. The Lord delivered David from certain death, provided his needs for years while he was in exile, and kept him so that he could fulfill God’s purposes and plans for his life. I love the way the Passion Translation describes this verse, peace is our life motto and we practice peace with everyone. Here are the comments from the Passion Notes on this verse.
“Twice the Hebrew uses the word shalom. This word means much more than peace. It means wholeness, wellness, well-being, safe, happy, friendly, favor, completeness, to make peace, peace offering, secure, to prosper, to be victorious, to be content, tranquil, quiet, and restful. The pictographic symbols for the word shalom (shin, lamed, vav, mem) read “Destroy the authority that binds to chaos.” The noun shalom is derived from the verbal root shalam, which means “to restore,” in the sense of replacing or providing what is needed in order to make someone or something whole and complete. So shalom is used to describe those of us who have been provided all that is needed to be whole and complete and break off all authority that would attempt to bind us to chaos.”
This is a great word for us in this season. He is wholeness and wellness when sickness threatens us. He is our security when we feel so vulnerable. He is our happiness when depression knocks on our door. He is our favor even when the financial future appears bleak. He is our peace when the world is in turmoil. He is our contentedness when everyone around us is frustrated with their present circumstances. Jesus is our Shalom. In the world there is trouble but our Shalom has overcome the world.