1-3Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of the Highest God. He met Abraham, who was returning from "the royal massacre," and gave him his blessing. Abraham in turn gave him a tenth of the spoils. "Melchizedek" means "King of Righteousness." "Salem" means "Peace." So, he is also "King of Peace." Melchizedek towers out of the past—without record of family ties, no account of beginning or end. In this way he is like the Son of God, one huge priestly presence dominating the landscape always.
Through this Word of confirmation God also showed us the mandate of our congregation - the reason He is placing us in the community of Danville: to bring His Peace to the people of Danville. His Shalom Peace that means nothing missing and nothing broken. His Peace that no matter how bad your circumstances might be, you still experience stillness inside of you! This can only happen when the King of Salem… Jesus Christ is your King!
The Amplified states it so nicely:
7And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
God’s peace is something that our human mind cannot comprehend. It is when our world falls into pieces, but we still stand tall in Him! When the world says: “How can he still praise God?”
This is a peace that even exceeds anything we can understand. This peace guards our hearts and minds as we live in Christ Jesus, the King of Peace!