Daily Archives: March 23, 2019

March 23 – Lenten Study Day 18

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 hope and trust…

Psalm 62

The Certainty of God’s Promise

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
    my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
How long will you assault me?
    Would all of you throw me down—
    this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
Surely they intend to topple me
    from my lofty place;
    they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
    but in their hearts they curse.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.
Surely the lowborn are but a breath,
    the highborn are but a lie.
If weighed on a balance, they are nothing;
    together they are only a breath.
10 Do not trust in extortion
    or put vain hope in stolen goods;
though your riches increase,
    do not set your heart on them.
11 One thing God has spoken,
    two things I have heard:
“Power belongs to you, God,
12     and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”;
and, “You reward everyone
    according to what they have done.”

SOAP Note

Only God | Kathy Page

Scripture

Psalm 62:6-7

Observation

David is facing a problem here.  Whether it is his son’s rebellion or treason from someone, it is a desperate situation, but David faces it by keeping His focus on God.  David is speaking to His soul here telling it to remain in that place of trust in and surrender to God and God alone.  In verses 6-7 David continues to solidify his trust in God. In these verses, we see such a deep, personal relationship between God and David.  David calls God his only salvation, God only is his glory, God only is his rock, his strength and his refuge.  David could have trusted in his mighty men of war, his horses, his chariots, his own strength, but no, he refused and kept his expectation and trust in the only One he knew could help him, God.

Application

I love this Psalm as I, like David, have been in hard-pressed circumstances.  Surrounded on every side by trouble, feeling like I need a refuge in the middle of the raging storm.  So, I have cried out to God for help; I have poured out my soul to Him.  Like David, I too have had to walk by faith and not by sight.  And, I have had to say, over and over again, “I trust you Jesus.”   And, as I have taken steps of faith depending on Him, He has shown me what He can do for me.  He has shown me His strength when I have been weak, He has shown me that He is that sure solid foundation that I can stand upon, I will not sink, for He is my Rock.  He is in control no matter how out of control I am!  Trust. Trust. Trust on Him alone!

Prayer

Lord, I want to trust You for everything – all my daily and spiritual needs.  Help me, by Your Holy Spirit, to never put my trust in my own frail and foolish abilities – for without You, I can do nothing.  But, through Christ,  I can do all things because He strengthens me.   I pray that I can always say along with David, Lord, You are my Rock, my Salvation, my Strength, my Refuge.   May nothing in heaven or earth undermine Your central position in my life.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

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