“ALONE” – The Word for Friday, February 20, 2015

“ALONE” appears 192 times in the New Living Translation Bible.

Falling asleep, and staying asleep, were problematic for me a number of years ago.  They probably would still be so today, were it not for a medication I take at bedtime (that medication is so effective that I’d go on TV to advertise it, but, I have a face more suited for radio).

B.M. (before medication), I memorized Psalm 4:8, which is a short prayer – “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you “ALONE” (my emphasis), LORD, make me dwell in safety.” NIV

“ALONE” can mean “isolated.”  I recall a rather sad, secular song lyric, “I’m by myself, ‘ALONE’.

That’s not the meaning “ALONE” has in Psalm 4:8, however.  There, it means “incomparable.”  As in, “No one but you, LORD, can make me dwell in safety.”  Or, “Only you, LORD, make me dwell in safety.”

Note that within “ALONE” is “ONE.”

God is truly “‘ONE’ of a kind.”  “‘ONE’ of a kind” among gods, and “‘ONE’ of a kind,” PERIOD.

I formerly sang in a praise band.  One of the songs we did began with this question and answer – “Who is like the Lord?  There is ‘NO ONE.'”

You are not like the Lord.  I am not like the Lord.  No on is like the Lord, who “ALONE” is the Lord.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart (Proverbs 3:5a, NIV).  Don’t trust in your own judgment, nor rely on your own intelligence, nor in the judgment or intelligence of anyone else who presently has skin on them.

A very liberal paraphrase of Philippians 4:6-7 could be, “DON’T sweat in either small or big ways ‘stuff’ that is either big or small.  DO take all ‘stuff’ to the Lord in prayer.  And then, you’ll have God’s peace guarding your mind.  You won’t be able to understand it, because its the peace that God “ALONE” gives.”

It will be a lot like being able to “(i)n peace … lie down and sleep, for (God) ALONE’ (is able to) make (you) dwell in safety.”

That particular, peculiar peace.  In God “ALONE” is it yours, and mine.

It is.

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