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October 26 – God’s Promises Day 26

Join us in October as we do a 31-day theme study in God’s promises from the Bible. Shannon from the Sweet Blessings blog put this reading plan together. Check it out HERE.

You can join us in this 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. Feel free to share your SOAP in the comments too! 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 are excited to be starting our 5th year of the Discover One Thing online study!

Scripture: Psalm 61:1-5 (context vs. 1-8)

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David.

Hear my cry, O God;
    listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,
    I call as my heart grows faint;
    lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
    a strong tower against the foe.

I long to dwell in your tent forever
    and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
For you, God, have heard my vows;
    you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Increase the days of the king’s life,
    his years for many generations.
May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;
    appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.
Then I will ever sing in praise of your name
    and fulfill my vows day after day.

SOAP Note

God’s Eternal Protection | Kathy Page

Scripture

Psalm 61:12-3

Observation

It is not quite certain in what circumstances David wrote this Psalm. Some feel this Psalm was written when David was in exile from his son, Absalom. Absalom in his greed for power, sought to take over David’s throne. However, with this being said, we know he is far from home. He is seeking his God from the deepest, innermost chamber of his heart. Crying out to his God, whom he has cried out to many, many times before. He remembers how God was his protection from Goliath, how God miraculously protected him from the deadly advances of King Saul. David was calling on this Rock that he could stand on, this Rock that would not move, this Rock so much higher, stronger and wiser than he. He, once again, is seeking the tower of refuge he had run to in his past – His God, His Protector. David knew whatever circumstances he was in, wherever he was in the world, God was right there with him. He knew his God would never abandon him, He knew his God would be his refuge. He knew his God was his eternal protector.

Application

The kind of belief that advances us is Godly belief. This is the belief NOT in the things of this world, or anything temporal, but in what God-Breathed in His Holy Word. Godly belief is Holy Hope. It is the substance of faith and the evidence of things not seen. David had this belief. He knew his God. He trusted his God. He called on the only One he knew could protect him – The Rock of his salvation. The Rock of his faith, His God. When we know scripture, we can rest in this Holy Hope. When we read passages such as this one in Ps. 61, or Ps. 91 or 2 Sam. 22:3-4, we see God, we see His character. He is Faithful. He is Truth. He is Holy. He is Just. He will do what He says He will do. His Word is Truth and it does not return to Him void. Oh that we know our God as David did, and trust in our immoveable, unchangeable Rock, the God who will keep watch over us and never slumber. Our High Tower that we can run to for protection, strength, our Refuge in time of trouble. Our Eternal Protector.

Prayer

Father, I declare that in all things You are my refuge and strength. You are the solid Rock on which I stand. You are immoveable. I thank You that I can trust You to protect me from harm. Thank You that I can live a life bold and unafraid for I know You are lovingly and tirelessly watching over me. This is my blessed assurance as Your child, blood-bought by Jesus, Your Son, my Savior. AMEN!

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