Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Welcome to Day 108 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
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.”
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…
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!
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.