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July 4 – Psalm 119:57-64

Welcome to a Psummer of Psalms! Our study uses the SOAP method of Bible study to seek an application for each reading (not sure what this is? Check out the What’s SOAP? tab). We have provided an example SOAP note below today’s reading. Join in this study by completing the daily readings and journaling using SOAP, and you are welcome to use the Comments section at the bottom of our homepage to share or ask questions.

Reading: Psalm 119:57-64

Heth

57 You are my portion, Lord;
    I have promised to obey your words.
58 I have sought your face with all my heart;
    be gracious to me according to your promise.
59 I have considered my ways
    and have turned my steps to your statutes.
60 I will hasten and not delay
    to obey your commands.
61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes,
    I will not forget your law.
62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks
    for your righteous laws.
63 I am a friend to all who fear you,
    to all who follow your precepts.
64 The earth is filled with your love, Lord;
    teach me your decrees.

SOAP Note

Midnight Thanksgiving | Kathy Page

Scripture

Psalm 119:61-62

Observation

The enemy is pursuing the psalmist.  They are out to track him down, “the cords of the wicked ensnare me”.  There seems to be no way out. But he remains true to God’s Word while in adversity.  He rises at midnight to praise God.  He doesn’t get out of bed to see if the enemy is in his house, he rises to praise God.  His heart and mind are so filled with thankfulness and praise, his sleep is interrupted by his thoughts.  His devotion to God is fervent. He is sincere in his praise because at midnight the only one who can see him is God.  He was willing to give up precious sleep time to pursue the God whom he knew would be faithful to him in his desperate hour.  And he did it with reverence by rising up.  It is the posture of his heart, not his body.

Application

Sometimes it is really a sacrifice to offer praise, especially at midnight!!  We may not feel like it.  We are tired.  We are weary.  But, this is what makes the difference, fixing our eyes upon Him, rising up from no matter what we are doing, and praising His name, even at midnight. No matter what might be staring us in the face, we suddenly realize that the enemy’s grip has been loosened over us.  When we praise God, the enemy flees.  When we praise God, we invite God’s presence in. There is power in acknowledging that He is worthy above all else of worship and praise – even at midnight!  Our praise does not have to happen only at church, it can be in the quiet solitude of our homes, and in the darkness of the night.

Prayer

Oh Lord God, I worship You and glorify Your most Holy Name.  For Your wondrous works in my life, I exalt You, my Lord.  I have put my trust in You, and You have shown Your faithfulness unto me.  I pray Your praises are ever on my lips and upon my heart.  Whether it be morning or night, I will lift Your Name on high, my Redeemer King.  Your Name be glorified forever and ever. AMEN!

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