June 7 – Beatitudes Study Day 5

This summer, we are studying the Beatitudes that start-off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. These ways that Jesus tells us we should act as Christians are counter-cultural, with blessings or rewards that will come in eternity, not here. We’ll be digging deeper into each of the 9 Beatitudes, looking at other verses in the Bible that describe each characteristic, Biblical characters that exude the Beatitudes, and the blessing that comes from it. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)

Psalm 34:17-18

Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.

I will extol the Lord at all times;
    his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the Lord;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
    let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
    and he delivers them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
    for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
    I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life
    and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
    and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
    seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to blot out their name from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

 

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
    not one of them will be broken.
21 Evil will slay the wicked;
    the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue his servants;
    no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

SOAP Note

Spirit of a Child 2 | Becky Newman

Scripture

Psalm 34:17-18

Observation

The introduction to Psalm 34 says David wrote this after God delivered him from a sticky situation. It’s a song of praise for those who choose to follow God through the rough seasons of life. God often uses these seasons to draw us closer to Him and see that He was there all along. It’s usually not when everything’s going good that we cry out to God for help. And God is good to deliver and save when we are in right relationship to Him, humbled before Him, poor and crushed in spirit.

Application

In yesterday’s application and prayer, I asked You to reveal to me through observing my own children the poor in spirit quality of a child that You desire. Then over 5 hours at the zoo, I heard “MAMA!” screamed by my 8-year old approximately 5,652,889 times. She was excited to be there and show me everything, but I was right next to her the whole time; she didn’t need to scream to get my attention. As I thought about my prayer that morning, I couldn’t figure out how this was answering it, because all it was doing was annoying me. I just needed today’s reading for guidance in the right direction, as You are so good at doing for me. “The righteous cry out”, meaning those who are in right relationship with God, with You as the authority over heaven and earth — those are the ones who cry out to You like my daughter did to me. The difference is that an adult usually needs to be brought low before she cries out, while a child more quickly acknowledges the relationship through both the good and bad stuff. I don’t have to wait till times get bad to call out to You; I can call out every moment in praise to You.

Prayer

Teacher, thank You for my good lesson. Help me maintain right relationship to You in the good and bad and always see my need for You. May I praise You in every moment.

The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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Posted on June 7, 2018, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’ve been looking forward to seeing what connection you made and this did not disappoint! What a humbling reminder that we don’t need to be stuck to cry out.

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