This month we are studying the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. The Holy Spirit is busy in our hearts growing these fruits as an outward display of our growing relationship with God. 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). An example SOAP from our team is below today’s Bible reading. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP or thoughts on the verse. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Goodness – Psalm 34
Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.
1 I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.
21 Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue his servants;
no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
Tasting Goodness | Becky Newman
Psalm 34:8a, 12-14
David is describing what it means to have a healthy fear of the Lord. Since God is good, He hates evil. Since God is just, He punishes the evil-doer. Thus, a healthy fear of God is to stay away from what God hates–evil–and to practice what He loves–goodness. The examples of evil given here are gossip, slander, lying, and dissension. Why did David use the word “taste” in verse 8? I’m sure it could be construed to have deeper meaning, like having a good taste to our words, or goodness dripping out of our mouths like honey, but maybe it’s just because David was looking for a word that started with the right letter — my Bible notes say Psalm 34 is an acrostic poem using the Hebrew alphabet.
My healthy fear of You is to seek to please You in words, actions, and thoughts. I especially need help with words before I take captive each thought and make it obedient to You. My words have led to gossip and dissension, both of which are evil and You hate. I come before You with a heart in need of and ready to change.
Lord, I am sorry for my words that have not reflected Your goodness. Mold me, teach me, grow me past this stumbling block so that my words would always be pleasing to You. Help me not stop Your Holy Spirit growing this fruit through my choices to speak out of anger or speak everything on my mind. Work me over so that Your goodness spills out of my mouth like honey.
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