Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 108

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Welcome to Day 108 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: 1 Samuel 20, 21; Psalm 34; Matthew 5 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

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

S cripture

1 Samuel 20:30 “Saul’s anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don’t I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you? 31 As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send someone to bring him to me, for he must die!” 32 “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” Jonathan asked his father. 33 But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David. 34 Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger; on that second day of the feast he did not eat, because he was grieved at his father’s shameful treatment of David.”

1 Samuel 21, “But the servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances: “‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands’?”

Psalm 34 has a historical title, “Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.” This is a prophetic Psalm regarding the Messiah, “not one of his bones will be broken.”

Funny how this was written in the same timeframe as when David was pretending to be insane? 

What a great Psalm!

v 4, “I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.”

v 8, “Taste and see that the LORD is good.”

v 14, “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”

v 18, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted.”

Matthew 5 The Sermon on the Mount (How much time do we have for today’s SOAP??)

v 14 “You are the light of the world… 16 let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”

O bservation

Wow, today there is an overwhelming selection of scripture of which to do one’s SOAP!

Couple of things that stood out to me today…

Continuing yesterday’s line of thinking regarding Saul… (btw, I weighed in on the question regarding “the evil spirit from God” discussion on yesterday’s blog)… Did you notice that Saul got so angry that he even tried to kill his own son, Jonathan?? He’s really a mess at this point.

Even thinking that by killing David that his own kingdom, through Jonathan, would be established (in spite of Samuel telling him that God had chosen another) by whom the kingdom would be established! Saul is not thinking clearly at this point… He’s going downhill very quickly.

David runs away…

And somewhere along the way pens one of the greatest Psalms ever… Psalm 34!

Fast forward to Matthew 5 when Jesus delivers the Sermon on the Mount. Another amazing passage! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with today!

One thing I always like to point out… Note that Jesus said, “YOU are the light of the world. Let YOUR light shine…” I often hear people say things like “we reflect his light” but the reality is his light is in us and shines through and from us! That is done through our good works that others see and recognize… and are… “inspired” perhaps? to glorify God!

Let YOUR light shine…

A pplication

I must admit, today was a little overwhelming for me. Hard to focus on ONE thing that jumped out when every verse jumps off the page!

Having said that, I really don’t want to end up like Saul… an angry person. His anger and jealousy are going to be his undoing… I much prefer to “let my light shine before men that they may see my good deeds and glorify my Father in heaven.” THAT’S life application… To me, THAT is the goal of being a believer. To draw close to God and stay close… so I don’t end up chucking a spear at my son or the next king.

Also worth noting, that in the midst of David’s difficulties, he put pen to paper and wrote a timeless psalm. That’s putting your pain to good use!

P rayer

Thank you Lord for your faithfulness through my difficult times. Help me to stay in that place under the shadow of your wing… that place of safety.

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5 thoughts on “Day 108

  1. Shock on said:

    Matthew 5
    42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

    I try to be good about this, especially the first few times. And even more so with time, which is more precious than money. However, there comes a point when it changes from a hand up to a hand out and then my heart changes because I feel that I’m not helping by continuing to support their poor behavior (addressing the root issue as it were). I’m still interested in helping them, but my help may NOT include giving them a hand out. Does anyone else feel this way?

    • Maggie Shergill on said:

      I think this happens a lot (especially in my area of work and in my family!), but I think it’s okay. When you find your “hand out” begins to enable poor behaviors and choices, I think there are other ways we can help and support others. It may not be the way they want, but sometimes we have to make some tough decisions in order to help facilitate positive change for others. I can understand your heart becoming hardened perhaps when your kindness is seen as a weakness and taken advantage of, but whether you give of your time, your money or through prayer (because that is all you can manage anymore), God can and does use all of it.

      And also, thanks again for your responses to the Life Journal over the past several months. I find your insights and comments very practical and helpful. Thx!

    • Nicole Marvin on said:

      Shock-Yes, I think you have to set boundaries with some people. This can be a hard one-knowing when to help and when to set boundaries. Seeking God’s direction about how to help would be good. James 2:13 comes to mind here “Kind mercy wins over harsh judgement every time.” Our job is to be Jesus to others, so I would ask myself “What would Jesus do?”.

  2. Nicole Marvin on said:

    Matthew 5 :10-12 (Msg)

    “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom. Not only that-count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens-give a cheer, even!-for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.”

    May my commitment to God cause me to be persecuted. I have never been persecuted for Christ’s name. But I pray that one day I will be.

    Matthew 5:13-16

    Let me be salt, Lord. Help me to be bold, not keeping you a secret just for myself. Let me be a light in the darkness-you shining through me-bringing your kingdom to the earth.

  3. So much to ponder indeed!

    Thoughts on 1 Samuel 20-21

    Saul… he is quickly becoming a picture of how not to behave. He is irrationally angry, manipulative as well as envious, and he is lying, falsely accusing, attempting murder, etc. I was going to say that sexual perversion was the only thing absent, but who was that one person who got naked while prophesying? He knows that his rule is done for, yet he is doing everything he can to stay in power for as long as he can. Isn’t this satan’s calling card?

    There are people I know who struggle with many of these same things. We all do in one way or another. I can think of one person in particular, who has major anger management issues. There are those who are aroused to jealousy and accusation with hardly anything to go on. My friend’s wife is constantly accusing him of infidelity when I know for certain that he is faithful to her. Addiction and porn seem to be at epic levels. I used to seek out heated political debates and had road rage in the worst way. One day, the Holy Spirit asked me why I was getting so mad. I didn’t have an answer.

    We know that our adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8) We also know that if we resist the devil, he will flee from us. (James 4:7) Saul is exhibiting a downward spiral that we must avoid. Had Saul been kingdom minded, he would have surrendered his crown to David knowing that the Lord was with him. We should not hold on to things that are not rightfully ours.

    Lord, I pray for everyone who is dealing with addiction, anger, lust, envy, and all influences of satan. May we all turn from evil and do good instead. Help us resist satan and his lies, temptation, and manipulation.

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