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June 17 – Beatitudes Study Day 15

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 those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)

Psalm 143:1-4

A psalm of David.

Lord, hear my prayer,
    listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
    come to my relief.
Do not bring your servant into judgment,
    for no one living is righteous before you.
The enemy pursues me,
    he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
    like those long dead.
So my spirit grows faint within me;
    my heart within me is dismayed.
I remember the days of long ago;
    I meditate on all your works
    and consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you;
    I thirst for you like a parched land.
Answer me quickly, Lord;
    my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
    or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground.
11 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
    in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
    destroy all my foes,
    for I am your servant.

SOAP Note

There’s Good in Mourning | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Psalm 143:4

Observation

David is feeling overwhelmed from the persecution by his enemies. He sinks deeper and deeper into despair during the first half of this chapter, but He keeps His eyes on God the whole time – crying out for the help he needs, and begging God to fill in his broken pieces. David is banking on all that God has done in the past to fuel his trust in Him now. In this despair, we see David give himself over completely for God to use him according to His will.

Application

As an eternal optimist, it’s rare for me to fall so deeply into desperation and despair. I can’t imagine not feeling so completely broken when enduring such grief. But when I’m broken, there’s room for God to step in, reveal Himself, and get to work. When things are all hunky dory, I don’t notice my need for Him as greatly, so I only leave the door partially open. Hardly enough room for Him to fit through to work in and through me. But when I can cry out to Him, I give Him full access. So I guess mourning in the here and now really is a blessing because of how well I let God work in those times!

Prayer

As David said in Psalm 143:8-12: “Let me hear of Your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting You. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to You. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to You to hide me. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. For the glory of Your name, O Lord, preserve my life. Because of Your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress. In Your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy my foes, for I am Your servant.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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