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July 14 – Beatitudes Study Day 42

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 pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8)

Psalm 86:11

A prayer of David.

Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord,
    for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
    for I put my trust in you.
You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
    abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, Lord;
    listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
    because you answer me.
Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
    no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made
    will come and worship before you, Lord;
    they will bring glory to your name.
10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
    you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
    I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
    you have delivered me from the depths,
    from the realm of the dead.
14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
    ruthless people are trying to kill me—
    they have no regard for you.
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
    slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and have mercy on me;
    show your strength in behalf of your servant;
save me, because I serve you
    just as my mother did.
17 Give me a sign of your goodness,
    that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
    for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

SOAP Note

Check Your Heart | Jess Howell

Scripture

Psalm 86:11

Observation

In this passage, we get a glimpse of someone (likely David) pouring out his heart to God through a time of deep trouble. Different versions of verse 11 describe his request to God for a heart that is undivided, united, focused, pure, direct. God wants all of us – not just pieces that we think are good enough for Him to see, but all of it.

Application

There’s no way I can imagine myself with a pure, clean heart. There. I said it. But this is the very thing David is asking God to help him find. “Teach me your way”, he says. I too have to seek God to create in me a pure/united/focused heart just for Him so that I can walk wholly in His truth and promises.

Prayer

Father TEACH ME!! I can’t do this on my own! So much fear, worry, judgment and doubt that it seems I can’t find a way out. I want to experience You fully, but to do that I have to devote ALL of me to You. Teach me Your ways, Father. Amen.

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