Daily Archives: March 16, 2019

March 16 – Lenten Study Day 11

Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). 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. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. 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!

Lord God, by your Word fill me with a spirit of repentance and forgiveness…

Psalm 130

A song of ascents.

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
    Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy.
If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love
    and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
    from all their sins.

SOAP Note

Waiting In Hope | Kathy Page

Scripture

Psalm 130:1, 5, 6

Observation

The Psalmist is crying out to the Lord from a place of deep pain and distress.  But, the focus here is not waiting through the pain, but waiting in hope – hope in the Lord, the Lord Himself.  He is not looking at the gift (hope); he is looking to the Giver of the gift.  He knows the Lord is unfailing love and full redemption.  He knows his answer will come, just as he knows the night will break into day.  His expectation is sure; it is in God alone.

Application

As Christians our message is that of hope.  Is there hope for the hurting?  Yes.  Is there hope for the helpless?  Yes.  Is there hope for the sinner?  Yes.  Those who wait on the Lord, wait in hope.

Life is full of waiting.  Waiting in long lines, waiting at stop lights, waiting for a medical report, waiting on God.  But God will never disappoint.  With the Lord is unfailing love and full redemption.  No matter how great my sin, or how deep the pit, God’s love is greater and deeper still.  As sure as the darkness breaks into morning light, He will rescue me.

Prayer

Father, in the power of Your Holy Spirit, I pray that I too may learn to wait on You.  To quietly rest in your will.  I want to be emptied of myself, and filled with you.  I pray that as Jesus is my example, I will be led by the Spirit into a life that walks by grace; a life that waits expectantly on You for that is where my expectation lies.  Knowing without a doubt that my answer is coming, my Help is drawing near.   Without You, I am and can do nothing.  In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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