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July 13 – Beatitudes Study Day 41

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 the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8)

Psalm 42:1-2

For the director of music. A maskil of the Sons of Korah.
As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”
These things I remember
    as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
    under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
    among the festive throng.
Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.
My soul is downcast within me;
    therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
    the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
    have swept over me.
By day the Lord directs his love,
    at night his song is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God my Rock,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
    as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”
11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

SOAP Note

The Soul Inside Me | Dyea Rowland

Scripture

Psalm 42:1-2

Observation

In the desert, the psalmist’s soul thirsts, but it’s not a thirst for water — it’s the thirst for God. The enemy has taken him there, laughing, lying, taunting him, and asking where is your God?

Application

My soul restless, confused, sad and surrounded by close opposition — the soul inside me has hope. The enemy has brought me to the desert, but it’s You that will be with me on this journey. Purifying my heart and making me new.

Prayer

Father, my soul longs to be close to You. With death and fear surrounding me, You’re the only thing my soul desires. Bring me close to You. Keep me intentional and not distracted by others — lies, fears, taunts and aversion from You. In Jesus’ name…Amen.

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