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June 14 – Beatitudes Study Day 12

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 119:136

129 Your statutes are wonderful;
    therefore I obey them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it gives understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant,
    longing for your commands.
132 Turn to me and have mercy on me,
    as you always do to those who love your name.
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
    let no sin rule over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,
    that I may obey your precepts.
135 Make your face shine on your servant
    and teach me your decrees.
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes,
    for your law is not obeyed.

SOAP Note

Discover One Thing | Becky Newman

Scripture

Psalm 119:136

Observation

Psalm 119 focuses on praising God for His law and Word. My Bible notes say that those who obey God’s law experience His blessing and are protected from sin and that His Word provides light and guidance through life. It’s our instruction book for life from the Author of everything. But not everyone reads the instructions. Verse 136 is about mourning for those who don’t obey Your Word, which can include both believers and non-believers.

Application

The psalmist has discovered Your Word and lives by it as his daily spiritual bread. He sees the benefits too, and his heart is saddened by those who haven’t discovered Your Word. This is the place where the Discover One Thing ministry started — learning to hunger and thirst for Your Word through daily devotion to reading it and journaling about it to obey it, and reaching out with a compassionate heart to those who haven’t discovered it. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. You have given me comfort in this ministry, seeing those who have discovered Your Word and learn to live by it daily, yet also mourning because there are many who join us each week in my living room but who still haven’t discovered Your Word in this way for themselves. Mourning leading to compassion is where my heart should be, not stuck in frustration, just as my old group patiently waited three years for me to discover the One Thing.

Prayer

Lord, replace my frustration with compassion and patience and continue to guide this ministry in Your Word and love.  Grow us who are seeking our daily bread from Your Word, and for those who aren’t, give them a seeker’s heart to discover Your Word for themselves.

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.

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