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 363

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Welcome to Day 363 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Revelation 10; Revelation 11; Revelation 12; Revelation 13; Revelation 14 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

Revelation 10:11, “Then I was told, ‘You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.'”

Revelation 11:16, “And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God…”

Revelation 12:10, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah.”

Revelation 13:10b, “This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.”

18 “This calls for wisdom.”

Revelation 14:13, “‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.'”

O bservation

I always love the passage about the 24 elders falling down to worship God.


A pplication

Worship is always a good response to God.

There’s a whole lot of worship happening in heaven… Elders, creatures, all the believers who have gone before us…

I would use the term 24/7, but I’m not sure it really applies…

How about “round the clock?” I’m guessing there is still “time” in heaven, but no clocks?

Is there night and day? Hmmm…

The light in heaven protrudes from the throne… No need for sun or moon…

It’s funny how caught up we get on “time.” How long should worship be? 45 minutes? An hour? Is 30 minutes or 20 minutes adequate? Does it really matter how long worship is?

Probably, on our end… but not his.

It may take us a while to engage in worship… a song or two… It may take a certain amount of time for us to feel like we have adequately worshiped, but I think that’s all on our end.

Because in the scope of eternity, 45 minutes or 20 minutes would be the same “blip.”

Don’t get me wrong, I love 45 minutes of worship… or an hour… even 90 minutes at a conference or Stirring the Waters meetings that we do.

I’m talking strictly from God’s perspective…

If I never fully engage, then it doesn’t matter if it’s 20 minutes or an hour. But if I’m fully engaged from the git-go… It could be just a song or an hour? Because I engaged.

Not sure if this is making sense…

I guess all I’m saying is that time is more important to us than Him…

We should never get caught up in the length, but the quality.

Songs, instrumentation all may help us engage, but it really shouldn’t matter who is leading, what songs they are playing, or if there is a lead guitar player…

The key word: “Shouldn’t.”

P rayer

Lord, help me to always fully engage in worship, even if it’s just one song… May my life be one long act of worship.




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  1. I know exactly what you mean. We do 2 hour worship sets. At first, it was rather painful and seemed like work. After learning how to shed the cares of the world and surrender to what God is doing… how the spirit is moving… we hit two hours and are like, “We’re done already?” We have been conditioned to thinking worship is a performance… singing a few songs before listening to a message… all part of the Sunday ritual. I think back to worship in tabernacle of David. Did they rehearse? Did they have written music or a set list? Did they size up other musicians to see if they could “hang”? Did they complain if the song lasted too long? Or did they just get together and go for it?

    When we learn how take our time and abandon ourselves, that’s when we begin to experience the presence of God inside us. It truly becomes timeless. I may not have learned much else, but I’ve learned that even though people care what comes out of the speakers, God cares about what comes from our hearts.

    Thank you for inhabiting our songs of praise and spending time with us as we worship.

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