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)
A psalm of David.
1 Lord, hear my prayer,
There’s Good in Mourning | Marianne Toovey
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.
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!
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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