“I will hear what the Lord God will speak in me: for he will speak peace unto his people: And unto his saints: and unto them that are converted to the heart. Surely his salvation is near to them that fear him: that glory may dwell in our land.” (Psalm 84:9-10, Douay-Rheims)

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, amidst the noise and chaos of the world, it is essential for us to pause and listen attentively to the voice of our Lord. The psalmist reminds us that God speaks peace to His people and to all those whose hearts are turned towards Him. In the stillness of our hearts, we can open ourselves to hear the gentle whisper of God. Just as Elijah encountered God not in the wind, earthquake, or fire but in a still, small voice (1 Kings 19:11-13), so too can we discern the voice of the Lord when we seek Him with a receptive heart. Through prayer, meditation, and Scripture, we create a space where God’s peace can permeate our souls and guide our steps.

The psalmist speaks of those who are “converted to the heart.” This conversion is a genuine turning towards God, a deliberate choice to align our desires, thoughts, and actions with His divine will. As we allow God’s grace to transform us from within, we experience a renewal that leads us to a life of greater holiness and closeness to Him.

In this Psalm, we encounter the oft-used phrase “fear of the Lord;” this does not refer to a fearful terror, but rather a deep reverence and awe for the majesty and goodness of God. When we approach God with humility and respect, acknowledging His sovereignty and love, we position ourselves to receive His abundant blessings. The psalmist assures us that God’s salvation is near to those who fear Him. When we allow God’s peace and salvation to take root in our lives, a transformation occurs.

May God bless you +

Fr. Charles