Sunday, April 22, 2012
Welcome to Day 112 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
Sunday is one of my early days. (We have a sound check at 8:00 AM) so I may have to finish my SOAP later today… God bless! Scott
1 Samuel 25:1 “Now Samuel died, and all Israel assembled and mourned for him…” (A sad way to start the day!)
1 Samuel 25:3 “His name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was surly and mean in his dealings—he was a Calebite.”
1 Samuel 26:15 “David said, “You’re a man, aren’t you? And who is like you in Israel? Why didn’t you guard your lord the king? Someone came to destroy your lord the king. 16 What you have done is not good. As surely as the LORD lives, you and your men must die, because you did not guard your master, the LORD’s anointed. Look around you. Where are the king’s spear and water jug that were near his head?”
21 Then Saul said, “I have sinned. Come back, David my son. Because you considered my life precious today, I will not try to harm you again. Surely I have acted like a fool and have been terribly wrong.”
22 “Here is the king’s spear,” David answered. “Let one of your young men come over and get it. 23
The LORD rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness.
The LORD delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed. 24 As surely as I valued your life today, so may the LORD value my life and deliver me from all trouble.”
25 Then Saul said to David, “May you be blessed, David my son;
you will do great things and surely triumph.”
So David went on his way, and Saul returned home.”
Psalm 63:1 “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”
Matthew 9, Jesus heals and forgives a paralyzed man, calls Matthew, addresses fasting, raises a girl from the dead, heals the woman with an issue of blood, heals the blind and mute man, and talks about the harvest.
v 35 “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
Yet again, Saul is pursuing David. Yet again, David, out of respect, passes on the chance to kill Saul.
I journaled about perspective the other day… noted today in Psalm 63, David is in the desert, but proclaims thirst for the Lord (not water.) Again, his perspective was heavenward, not on his earthly troubles.
Matthew 9, as most chapters in the Gospels, encapsulates potentially a long time period… almost sounds as if it’s “all in a day’s work.” But obviously he “went through all the towns and villages…” so this was over a longer period of time than just a day or two.
I love that David refused to kill Saul… and both times, he let Saul know immediately that he could have killed him. This time, he rubbed in Saul’s guard’s faces that they did a poor job of guarding Saul.
I can’t quite understand why then Saul didn’t kill David… Saul was pretty ruthless. (Remember when he had the 85 priests killed?) But both times, his heart kind of softened toward David. He even blessed him! “May you be blessed, David my son; you will do great things and surely triumph.”
I really think Saul was… conflicted? Everyone around him loved David. I think he probably did too… but his love for David was overshadowed by his jealousy.
Where the rubber meets the road in terms of A pplication? How do I treat those around me? Those in authority over me, and those who succeed around me. Do I show honor and respect or do I get jealous?
Jealousy is a cancer… Grumbling about those in authority over us is too.
Must… keep… jealousy… at… bay… Bless… those… who… curse… you…
Lord, help me to always speak blessing and honor. To have a right heart toward those around me.