The Hebrew word shalom is about much more than the absence of conflict. Yes, shalom is about peace, but it’s also about health and wholeness. God knows we need all three—as individuals, as families, as neighborhoods, as churches, as nations, and as a world.

This series highlights a handful of psalms that seek shalom at every level. Often it is shalom that persists in situations that are anything but peaceful. But I hope that in some small way, these psalms will allow you to experience “the peace of God which surpasses all understanding”  (Philippians 4:7).

Carol M. Bechtel