Daily Archives: May 16, 2019
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 —
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
1 You have searched me, Lord,
Fill | Marianne Toovey
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.
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.
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.
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.