Saturday, February 4, 2012
Welcome to Day 35 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Exodus 37 & 38, the ark (of the covenant), the tabernacle and all its furnishings are finally complete! A ton of gold (literally), 2 1/2 tons of bronze and 3 3/4 tons of sliver were used!
Psalm 19:9-11, “The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous. 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. 11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” Interesting verses when alongside the Exodus verses about how much gold was used in constructing the tabernacle and all its furnishings.
Note how many different ways the word of God is referred to; The law, statures, precepts, commands and decrees.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.
The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous.
Acts 11, word spreads that God has welcomed the Gentiles by granting them (us!) repentance and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Interesting vision God used to speak to Peter about accepting the Gentiles… a sheet filled with unclean animals that the Lord tolp Peter… “Kill and eat.” Pretty direct… “Do not call anything impure that God has called clean.” Let’s eat! (I always wanted to try pork chops and bacon!)
Typically, what stands out to me is from Exodus or Acts… but today’s is a little different. Now having read consistently for 35 days, what jumped out at me was from Psalms 19, how God’s word refreshes the soul, makes the simple wise, give joy to the heart and light to the eyes, they are radiant and firm, more precious than gold and sweeter than honey.
So many people think so differently about God’s word… they don’t think it refreshes the soul… or that it tastes good! It really does make the simple wise and gives joy to my heart!
I think about Psalm 199:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”
Help me Lord to not be just a reader or hearer of the word, but a doer of the word. To apply it to my life!
Psalm 19:13-14, “Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. 14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.