Daily Archives: May 16, 2019

May 16 – Embracing Grace

This month we are seeking a deeper understanding of grace — the undeserved favor given to us by God. We are following a study by Kristy at the Organic Christian Living blog. Click HERE to go to her website for this study and dig a little deeper, with a playlist and devotions for each week of the study. You can 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!

Embracing Grace in How You Think and Act —

Psalm 139

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

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

SOAP Note

Fill | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Psalm 139:23-24

Observation

I love the way the commentary in my Bible’s notes puts it: David opens every aspect of his being, character, behavior, and speech to God’s examination. As hard as life is, he wants to ensure his growth in wisdom so that he does not come under God’s judgement of the wicked. His prayer against the wicked leads him to also reflect on himself – he does not presume that he is righteous so he invites the Lord to continue examining him as he walks in the path of wisdom.

Application

It’s a bit disconcerting when I sit down and actually think about how God knows everything about me. Even those thoughts I’m not proud of and try to keep hidden. Things nobody else knows, things I may not even be aware of myself! But if I start at the very core of the issue – my heart – all that bubbles out of it can be a beacon of light, even my thoughts. I really don’t like the idea of God testing me and pointing out where I’ve got it all wrong, but the end result is rather appealing.

Prayer

God, I’m stubborn and I may will fight it, but I do pray David’s prayer: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Ps. 139:23-24, NLT) Help me to embrace grace in how I think and act. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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