I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul

Two kinds of fear. One causes us to work to cover and hide ourselves. The other is a fountain of life.

Ps 19:14 – Let the sayings of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, Be for a pleasing thing before Thee, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer! (YLT)

The sayings of my mouth.

Expressions that expose what I perceive to be truth and wisdom.

The meditation of my heart.

To earnestly, deeply think and to murmur with tenderness, evoking a strong emotional response.

My soul is cast down. My soul is in turmoil within me. Why?
The oppression of my enemy [hating adversary]. (Ps 42)

Luke 2:34-35 – and Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, ‘Lo, this [one] is set for the falling and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign spoken against — (and also thine own soul shall a sword pass through) — that the reasonings of many hearts may be revealed.’ (YLT)

This one [Christ Jesus] is set.
Set. To lie outstretched literally or figuratively. To place in a passive or horizontal posture; utterly prostrate.
Set. That the reasonings of many hearts may be revealed.
Words. Thoughts. Meditations. Heart. Mind. Will. Motives. Emotions.
Revealed. To take the cover off; disclose.

I was born guilty

Ps 51:5 – True, I was born guilty, was a sinner from the moment my mother conceived me (CJB)

I was born guilty. I was born a sinner. Attached to ego, physical senses, emotions, rational intellect, and imagination, the unspiritual self.1 This describes one who has lost her connection with spirit, and she is perishing as a result. This unspiritual self is the vessel of wrath, the “foreskin,” of our old nature.

How did all of humanity get into this condition? The apostle Paul describes it this way:

2 Cor 11:3 – and I fear, lest, as the serpent did beguile Eve in his subtilty, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that [is] in the Christ; (YLT)

Beguiled. Seduced wholly. The origin, the point where action or motion proceeds, to cheat or delude. Minds ruined by moral influences, turned from the simplicity, the singleness and sincerity without self-seeking that is in the Christ.

Under the influence and control of their physical senses, emotions, rational intellect and imagination, Adam and Eve took and ate the forbidden fruit, and immediately knew they were naked. Unclothed. Exposed. Lacking. Perverse. Their souls were revealed, the cover was taken off. Truth and reality disclosed.

Upon being uncovered, Adam and Eve immediately took measures to cover themselves. They could cover their external, physical bodies, but their interior, their souls were another matter altogether. There was no way they knew to return to their innocent state. And they did not yet know the vessel of mercy that is who they really are. They had lost themselves. They could not undo the consequences of their error in trusting one who was not worthy of their trust. So, what did they do?

Gen 3:8-11 – And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” (ESV)

Afraid
Because
I was naked
I hid myself
From the presence of the Lord God

Childish. Unwilling to openly acknowledge, feel, confront their condition and their desperate need head on.

Hiding

What caused Adam and Eve’s fear? Are you familiar with that kind of fear? Exposure. Shame. Guilt. Helplessness. Hungering and thirsting for something that you can’t create or get for yourself.

Were they afraid of the one who had given them life? Were they afraid of the one who had given them everything? Were they afraid of the one who walked and talked with them? Were they afraid of the one whose steadfast love endures forever?

What does this fearful hiding reveal about the reasonings of their hearts?

1 John 4:18-19 – There is no fear [alarm, fright, terror] in love, but perfect [complete] love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment [torment], and whoever fears has not been perfected [consummate in character] in love. We love because he first loved us. (ESV)

Fear has to do with punishment.
Whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
Their character, their pattern of behavior, their qualities, their disposition
Had not been made perfect in every way
To express the essential nature of God
Known by the actions that love prompts.
Selfwill, self-pleasing, is the opposite of love, the opposite of the Lord God’s essential nature.
Love is not an impulse from the feelings.2

What did the Lord God do in response to Adam and Eve’s fear? What did he do in response to their imperfection in character?

He called to them. Called. The idea of accosting a person; to encounter, whether accidentally or in a hostile manner. To call out, address by name.3

Eccl 3:14-15 – I [wisest of men Solomon] perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away. (ESV)

The Lord God seeks what has been driven away

The Lord God calls.

God seeks what has been driven away.
What a loving, gracious Being is the Lord God!
How can we be afraid and hide from one such as he?

The inner person

Ps 51:5-6 – True, I was born guilty, was a sinner from the moment my mother conceived me. Still, you want truth in the inner person; so make me know wisdom in my inmost heart. (CJB)

You want truth in the inner person.
You want firmness, faithfulness, truth, honesty.
You want us to remain in one place.
In a fixed position.
Established, lasting, continuing, certain.4
In the inner person.
In our inmost heart.

The Lord God calls to us, not to the self that is dominated by attachment to our passions; physical senses, emotions, rational intellect and imagination, but he calls to our inner self.

1 Cor 2:14 – …Spirit can be known only by spirit — God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. (MSG)

Is knowing that we are naked the cause of all our fears? Do we fear being exposed, even to the Lord God? Or is the cause of our fear the knowledge that we are powerless to restore the cover of innocence? Is the cause of our fear the realization and opposition to the fact that we are totally reliant upon another for restoration? Or maybe the cause of our fear is believing the lie that our Creator/Potter does not, cannot love us, but will instead punish us by shattering us, and throwing us away as useless, or tormenting us in the fires of hell forever and ever.

Fear has to do with punishment

Whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
Afraid. To fear. To frighten. Dread. Morally, to revere.5
Our natural response to fear seems to be to cover and hide ourselves.

Is there a cure for the kind of fear that makes us run and hide from the Lord God?

1 John 4:8-9 – …God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest [to cause to make readily seen and understood] among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. (ESV)

The apostle Paul taught:

Col 2:1-4 – I want you to realize that I continue to work as hard as I know how for you, and also for the Christians over at Laodicea. Not many of you have met me face-to-face, but that doesn’t make any difference. Know that I’m on your side, right alongside you. You’re not in this alone. I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery. All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else. And we’ve been shown the mystery! I’m telling you this because I don’t want anyone leading you off on some wild-goose chase, after other so-called mysteries, or “the Secret.” (MSG) 

The cure for the fear that makes us hide

God is love.
God caused his love to be readily seen and understood
By sending his only Son into the world
So that we might live
Live through him.

You’re not in this alone.
I want you knit together in love, woven into a tapestry of love
I want you in touch
I want you in touch with everything there is to know of God
Then
Then you will have minds confident and at rest
Confident and at rest
Then you will have minds focused on Christ, God’s great mystery
Mystery
All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery
Embedded in Christ.
I don’t want anyone deluding you
Leading you off on some wild-goose chase
After other so-called mysteries or “the Secret.”

A state of simplicity and singleness of devotion to the Lord God, being in touch with everything there is to know of God, is the cure for fear that makes us hide. How do we get into and maintain this state?

2 Kings 17:38-39 – …You shall not fear other gods, but you shall fear the Lord your God, and he will deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.” (ESV)

Fear the Lord your God

What is the fear of the Lord? How does the fear of the Lord differ from the fear that drove Adam and Eve (vessels of wrath dominated by attachment to their passions; physical senses, emotions, rational intellect and imagination) to hide from him?

Prov 8:13 – The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. (ESV)

Prov 9:10 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. (ESV)

Prov 15:33 – The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor. (ESV)

Prov 14:27 – The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death. (ESV)

The fear of the Lord
Is hatred of pride
Is hatred of arrogance
Is hatred of the way of evil
Is hatred of what is spoiled, good for nothing, bad physically, socially or morally.

The fear of the Lord
Is hatred of mistakenly associating ourselves, showing ourselves friendly with what is harmful.6
Is hatred of the way of perverted [fraudulent] speech.

The fear of the Lord
Is the beginning of wisdom
Is instruction in wisdom.

Humility is the starting place.
If we won’t or can’t humble ourselves, the Lord God will eventually do it for us.

The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts. 1 Sam 2:7 (ESV)

For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. For I will not contend forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would grow faint before me, and the breath of life that I made. Isa 57:15-16 (ESV)

I, the Lord God, dwell with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit.
To revive. To live. To keep alive. To make alive. The spirit. The heart.

A fountain of life

Prov 14:27 – The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death. (ESV)

The fear of the Lord
Is a fountain
A fountain of life

Fountain: A source of water, tears, blood; by euphemism, of the female pudenda; figuratively, of happiness, wisdom, progeny.7

The fear of the Lord
Is a fountain of life
Is a source of water, tears, and blood
New birth
Spiritual awakening
Vessel of mercy
Happiness
Wisdom
That one may turn away
Turn away from the snares, a noose for catching animals, a hook for the nose
That one may turn away from the snares of death
The snares of death existing as a natural and inseparable quality in our ego and its passions, the foreskin of our old nature.

The fear of the Lord
Is a fountain of life
Is a source of water, tears, and blood
New birth
Spiritual awakening

Col 2:11 – …it was in union with him [Christ the Messiah] that you were circumcised with a circumcision not done by human hands, but accomplished by stripping away the old nature’s control over the body. (CJB)

Spiritual Awakening

How do we move from fright and dread and hiding from the Lord God to finding and revering the source of life? Note the psalmist’s advice and experience.

Ps 130-131 – Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities. O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. (ESV)

Perfect love casts out fear
Perfect Love
The Lord God
Casts out fear

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
I cry out with pleas for mercy.
God,
In your grace
Have mercy on me;
God,
In your great compassion
Blot out my crimes.
God,
Wash me completely from my guilt
And cleanse me from my sin. (Ps 51:1)

I was a sinner from the moment my mother conceived me.
You don’t mark iniquities, O Lord.
With you there is forgiveness.
That you may be feared, revered.
My soul waits.
In your word I hope
For with the Lord there is steadfast love
With the Lord there is plentiful redemption
He will redeem from all iniquities.

I have calmed and quieted my soul

I have calmed my soul.
Calmed: to level, equalize, resemble, adjust, counterbalance, be suitable, compose, place, yield.8
Set. To lie outstretched literally or figuratively. To place in a passive or horizontal posture; utterly prostrate.
I have quieted my soul. To be dumb, dumbfounded, astonished. Silent. To stop. To fail. To perish. To destroy.9

Commentary on Psalm 131: [my soul [is] even as a weaned child] innocent and harmless, had no more ill designs against [King] Saul than a weaned child; humble, meek, and lowly, and had no more aspiring and ambitious views than such an one; like that, weaned from the world, the riches, honours, pleasures, and profits of it; as well as from nature, from self, from his own righteousness, and from all dependence on it; and as a child that is weaned from the breast wholly depends on its nurse for sustenance, so did he wholly depend upon God, his providence, grace, and strength; and as to the kingdom, he had no more covetous desires after it than a weaned child has to the breast, and was very willing to wait the due time for the enjoyment of it. The Targum, “as one weaned on the breasts of its mother, I am strengthened in the law.” This is to be understood not of a child while weaning, when it is usually peevish, fretful, and froward; but when weaned, and is quiet and easy in its mother’s arms without the breast. 10

Weaned

Weaned from the world
Wholly dependent upon God
Very willing to wait
Quiet

Col 2:13-15 – When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive — right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s Cross. He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets. (MSG)

Are you aware that the Lord God has brought you alive right along with Christ? Being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit? Or, are you still living under the seduction of your soul’s adversary, incapable of responding to the Lord God? Caught in the snares of deceit? Controlled by attachments to your physical senses, emotions, rational intellect, and imagination?

Ps 130:3-5 – If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; (ESV)

With you, O Lord
There is forgiveness
That you may be feared
Revered
I wait for the Lord.
My soul waits.
I wait for: to bind together, collect, to expect11
In the word of the Lord
I hope
I wait for; to be patient; be pained; stay; tarry; trust.12

My soul waits in silence

Ps 62:1 – For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. (ESV)

For God alone
My soul
Waits
In silence.
From him
Comes my salvation

Isa 25:6-9 – On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” (ESV)

The Lord of hosts
Will make for all peoples
A feast of rich food
A feast of well-aged wine
He will swallow up
The covering that is cast over all peoples
He will swallow up
Fear that makes them hide
He will swallow up
Death
Stripping away the old nature’s control over the body
Uniting us together
With Christ the Messiah.
Eat his flesh
Drink his blood
A feast of rich food
A feast of well-aged wine
And you have life in you.
Eternal life.

John 4:21, 23-24 – Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (ESV)</span?

Two kinds of fear

One causes us to work to cover and hide ourselves. The other is a fountain of life.

Dominated and controlled by attachments to passions; physical senses, emotions, rational intellect, and imagination we cover ourselves to hide in fear of exposure and death. When circumcised by the Spirit of the Messiah, and detached from these passions, we encounter an entirely different fear. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life.

Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion.
Where we remain in one place
In a fixed position
Established, lasting, continuing, certain.
In the inner person.
In our inmost heart.

Interact with the words of Scripture through deep, careful study.

Then move beyond logic and reason; move from head to heart to spirit. Anticipate unifying of body, mind and spirit to mirror and imitate the life of Jesus.

Meditate. Experience the word of Scripture bodily by moaning, growling, uttering, speaking aloud each word, syllable by syllable. Experience the words of Scripture expressing the longing and desire and hope in the depth of your own soul. Become acquainted with your longing. Anticipate that your soul’s longing will be satisfied, its hunger will be filled with good things, and it will be healed and made complete again. Let the inspired word of God arouse feelings of awe.

2 Cor 13:14 – the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, [is] with you all! Amen. (YLT)

Contemplate. Sit quietly without thinking, without murmuring. Simply be. Become conscious of your companions.

Stay in this place of rest and fellowship for as long as you can.

When finished, select just one word or phrase and carry it with you all day, thinking about it, murmuring it, holding it, treasuring it. Let it soak deep into your soul. Tomorrow, meditate on the entire text again. Select the same word or phrase or a different one to carry with you all day, thinking about it, murmuring it, holding it, treasuring it. Do this practice every day. Let God’s Word begin to fill your soul with good things.

I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it. I relish everything you’ve told me of life, I won’t forget a word of it. (Ps 119:15-16 MSG)

 

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. (Job 32:8)

I encourage you to look for ways and practices to help you become aware of Holy Spirit and to relinquish all that you have and all that you are to Holy Spirit’s convicting, enlightening, restorative ministrations.

A practice that has been life-changing for me comes from Psalm 46:10.

Ps 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (ESV)

Be still.
It’s a paradox.
Be still. A state of being. Am. Is. Stay, remain as in was, were.
It’s a process of letting go in order to rediscover Life that was forfeited.
It’s a process of ceasing, stopping, to be destroyed, and dying in order to be redeemed.
It’s a process of abandoning and neglecting in order to be healed and made whole.

It’s a process of opposing, contending, and striving in order to give up, renounce, leave, and abandon self-interest that is death, forfeiture of Life.

It’s a process of becoming weak, feeble, to be wept over in order to return to the original Life that was forfeited, but is bought back by the only One who has Life in himself.

Be still, consequently
Know

Know, not in the sense of accumulating facts and figures, receiving answers about what to do to get a good life, but know as in relationship. Know as in Being. Awareness, consciousness, discernment, recognition, acquaintance, familiar friend, feel, perceive, have respect, have understanding, instruction, presence, fellowship.

Be still.

Letting the vessel of wrath prepared for destruction go in order to know the riches of God’s glory for vessels of mercy.

2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (ESV)

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1Hesychasts describe two types of consciousness: ego-centered and ego-transcendent. The former is a state dominated by attachments to the senses, emotions, intellect, and imagination. The latter involves detachment from those faculties. Originally printed in the March-April 2000 issue of Quest magazine. Citation: Mitchell B., Liester. “Hesychasm: A Christian Path of Transcendence.” Quest 89.2 MARCH-APRIL 2000): 54-59, 65.

2Love: agapao (<START GREEK>a)gapa/w<END GREEK>, NT:25) and the corresponding noun agape present “the characteristic word of Christianity, and since the Spirit of revelation has used it to express ideas previously unknown, inquiry into its use, whether in Greek literature or in the Septuagint, throws but little light upon its distinctive meaning in the NT. Cf, however, Lev 19:18; Deut 6:5.

“Agape and agapao are used in the NT (a) to describe the attitude of God toward His Son, John 17:26; the human race, generally, John 3:16; Rom 5:8, and to such as believe on the Lord Jesus Christ particularly John 14:21; (b) to convey His will to His children concerning their attitude one toward another, John 13:34, and toward all men, 1 Thess 3:12; 1 Cor 16:14; 2 Peter 1:7; (c) to express the essential nature of God, 1 John 4:8.

“Love can be known only from the actions it prompts. God’s love is seen in the gift of His Son, 1 John 4:9,10. But obviously this is not the love of complacency, or affection, that is, it was not drawn out by any excellency in its objects, Rom 5:8. It was an exercise of the divine will in deliberate choice, made without assignable cause save that which lies in the nature of God Himself, Cf. Deut 7:7,8.

“Love had its perfect expression among men in the Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Cor 5:14; Eph 2:4; 3:19; 5:2; Christian love is the fruit of His Spirit in the Christian, Gal 5:22.

“Christian love has God for its primary object, and expresses itself first of all in implicit obedience to His commandments, John 14:15,21,23; 15:10; 1 John 2:5; 5:3; 2 John 6. Selfwill, that is, self-pleasing, is the negation of love to God.

“Christian love, whether exercised toward the brethren, or toward men generally, is not an impulse from the feelings, it does not always run with the natural inclinations, nor does it spend itself only upon those for whom some affinity is discovered. Love seeks the welfare of all, Rom 15:2, and works no ill to any, 13:8,9,10; love seeks opportunity to do good to ‘all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith,’ Gal 6:10. See further 1 Cor 13 and Col 3:12-14.” From Notes on Thessalonians, by Hogg and Vine, p. 105.

In respect of agapao as used of God, it expresses the deep and constant “love” and interest of a perfect Being towards entirely unworthy objects, producing and fostering a reverential “love” in them towards the Giver, and a practical “love” towards those who are partakers of the same, and a desire to help others to seek the Giver. (from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

3Called: OT:7121 <START HEBREW>ar*q*<END HEBREW> qara’ (kaw-raw’); a primitive root [rather identical with OT:7122 through the idea of accosting a person met]; to call out to (i.e. properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications): KJV – bewray [self], that are bidden, call (for, forthself,, upon), cry (unto), (be) famous, guest, invite, mention, (give) name, preach, (make) proclaim (-ation), pronounce, publish, read, renowned, say.

OT:7122 <START HEBREW>ar*q*<END HEBREW> qara’ (kaw-raw’); a primitive root: to encounter, whether accidentally or in a hostile manner: KJV – befall, (by) chance, (cause to) come (upon), fall out, happen, meet. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

4Truth: °emunah OT:530, “firmness; faithfulness; truth; honesty; official obligation.” In Ex 17:12 (the first biblical occurrence), the word means “to remain in one place”: “And his [Moses’] hands were steady until the going down of the sun.” Closely related to this use is that in Isa 33:6: “And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times….” In passages such as 1 Chron 9:22, °emunah appears to function as a technical term meaning “a fixed position” or “enduring office”: “All these which were chosen to be porters in the gates were two hundred and twelve. These were reckoned by their genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain in their set [i. e., established] office.”

The most frequent sense of °emunah is “faithfulness,” as illustrated by 1 Sam 26:23: “The Lord render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness….” The Lord repays the one who demonstrates that he does what God demands.

Quite often, this word means “truthfulness,” as when it is contrasted to false swearing, lying, and so on: “Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth [i. e., honesty]” Jer 5:1; cf. Jer 5:2. Here °emunah signifies the condition of being faithful to God’s covenant, practicing truth, or doing righteousness. On the other hand, the word can represent the abstract idea of “truth”: “This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the Lord their God, nor receiveth correction: truth [°emunah] is perished, and is cut off from their mouth” Jer 7:28. These quotations demonstrate the two senses in which °emunah means “true” — the personal sense, which identifies a subject as honest, trustworthy, faithful, truthful Prov 12:22; and the factual sense, which identifies a subject as being factually true (cf. Prov 12:27), as opposed to that which is false.

The essential meaning of °emunah is “established” or “lasting,” “continuing,” “certain.” So God says, “And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness” (cf. 2 Sam 7:16; Isa 16:5). Thus, the phrase frequently rendered “with lovingkindness and truth” should be rendered “with perpetual (faithful) lovingkindness” (cf. Josh 2:14). He who sows righteousness earns a “true” or “lasting” reward Prov 11:18, a reward on which he can rely.

In other contexts, °emunah embraces other aspects of the concept of truth: “[The Lord] hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel…” Ps 98:3. Here the word does not describe the endurance of God but His “truthfulness”; that which He once said He has maintained. The emphasis here is on truth as a subjective quality, defined personally. In a similar sense, one can both practice Gen 47:29 and speak the “truth” 2 Sam 7:28. In such cases, it is not a person’s dependability (i. e., others can act on the basis of it) but his reliability (conformity to what is true) that is considered. The first emphasis is subjective and the second objective. It is not always possible to discern which emphasis is intended by a given passage.

°emet OT:571, “truth; right; faithful.” This word appears 127 times in the Bible. The Septuagint translates it in 100 occurrences as “truth” (aletheia) or some form using this basic root. In Zech 8:3, Jerusalem is called “a city of truth.” Elsewhere, °emet is rendered as the word “right” (dikaios) “Howbeit thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly…” Neh 9:33. Only infrequently (16 times) is °emet translated “faithful” (pistis), as when Nehemiah is described as “a faithful man, and feared God above many” Neh 7:2. (from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

5Afraid: OT:3372 <START HEBREW>ar@y* <END HEBREW> yare’ (yaw-ray’); a primitive root; to fear; morally, to revere; caus. to frighten:

KJV – affright, be (make) afraid, dread (-ful), (put in) fear (-ful, -fully, -ing), (be had in) reverence (-end), see, terrible (act, -ness, thing). (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

6Evil: OT:7489 <START HEBREW>uu^r* <END HEBREW> ra`a` (raw-ah’); a primitive root; properly, to spoil (literally, by breaking to pieces); figuratively, to make (or be) good for nothing, i.e. bad (physically, socially or morally): KJV – afflict, associate selves [by mistake for OT:7462], break (down, in pieces), displease, (be, bring, do) evil (doer, entreat, man), showself friendly [by mistake for OT:7462], do harm, (do) hurt, (behaveself, deal) ill, indeed, do mischief, punish, still, vex, (do) wicked (doer, -ly), be (deal, do) worse. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

7A fountain of: OT:4726 <START HEBREW>roqm*<END HEBREW> maqowr (maw-kore’); or maqor (maw-kore’); from OT:6979; properly, something dug, i.e. a (general) source (of water, even when naturally flowing; also of tears, blood [by euphemism, of the female pudenda]; figuratively, of happiness, wisdom, progeny): (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

8Calmed: OT:7737 <START HEBREW>hw*v*<END HEBREW> shavah (shaw-vaw’); a primitive root; properly, to level, i.e. equalize; figuratively, to resemble; by implication, to adjust (i.e. counterbalance, be suitable, compose, place, yield, etc.): (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

9Quieted: OT:1826 <START HEBREW><m^D*<END HEBREW> damam (daw-man’); a prim root [compare OT:1724, OT:1820]; to be dumb; by implication, to be astonished, to stop; also to perish:

OT:1724 <START HEBREW><h^D*<END HEBREW> daham (daw-ham’); a primitive root (compare OT:1740); to be dumb, i.e. (figuratively) dumbfounded:

OT:1820 <START HEBREW>hm*D*<END HEBREW> damah (daw-mam’); a primitive root; to be dumb or silent; hence, to fail or perish; trans. to destroy: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

10(from John Gill’s Exposition of the Old and New Testaments, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2011 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

11wait for: OT:6960 <START HEBREW>hw*q*<END HEBREW> qavah (kaw-vaw’); a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

12hope: OT:3176 <START HEBREW>lj^y*<END HEBREW> yachal (yaw-chal’); a primitive root; to wait; by implication, to be patient, hope: KJV – (cause to, have, make to) hope, be pained, stay, tarry, trust, wait. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

2 thoughts on “I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul

  1. “But the truth is, I did not see any sin. I believe that sin has no substance, not a particle of being, and cannot be detected at all except by the pain it causes. It is only the pain that has substance, for a while, and it serves to purify us, and make us know ourselves and ask for mercy.” Lady Julian – “I Saw No Sin” from The Showings of Julian of Norwich – Mirabai Starr – 2013

    1. I’m a novice in the deep and wide and mysterious and wonderful world of spiritual awakening, so I wrestle with what the Bible says about sin. I am familiar with the pain it causes. A scripture text that has helped me accept and embrace pain as a process of healing is Ps 46:10 – Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted… Learning to be still is the hardest work I’ve ever undertaken! What is your experience with pain and its benefits and coming out the other side with a deeper appreciation and knowledge of God?

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