Today we continue with our SOAP challenge. We’ll be doing our reflection today, using the method of bible study known as the SOAP method. If you missed yesterday’s study, you can click here. Let’s begin!
S – scripture
Just a note, I read from the ESV translation. But used whatever version speaks to you. BibleGateway has a great collection of all the bibles out there for you to read through.
Remember to read slowly. Listen. Listen for what God will say to you this. You have a lot to do today, I know. But take these moments to listen for His voice through His work. It will change your day. Psalm 91:1-6:
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
O – observation
What did you see when you read? What did you notice? This is what I observed.
God is our refuge, shelter, and the one that we trust
God is our safe place. David, when he wrote the Psalm was on the run from King Saul. And so he was out in the open a lot, hiding. The notion of a shelter or a refuge, those are huge. Those thing protect you. Keep you safe. Keep you from harm. Not that there is not harm out there. The fact that these things exist, means that there are things out there that can bring you great harm.
The fact that God is these things acknowledges that harm does exist. But God will protect us from it.
God will hide us under His wings
A bird will bring their babies under their wings, to protect them. God will protect us. But, a bird doesn’t protect their babies with harm to themselves. If a baby bird is under the wing, yes, it is safe. But the wing of the parent will be hit, and potentially hurt. So, it isn’t just that God protects us and saves us, but he has allowed Himself to be harmed for our protection?
The cross. The thing that saves us, came at a great cost to Jesus.
We will not fear, by night or day, darkness or noon day
The night is scary because that’s where the thieves, robbers, and wild animals lurk. No one ever likes to go out at night. No one. Today, we are reminded that God will protect us at night and in the dark.
The heat of the midday sun is unbearable in that part of the world. It will sap your strength and your will. It will make you want to give up, because the burden is too great. God will protect us from the heat of the son.
A – application
How will I apply this to my life?
Find your protection in God.
You protection and safty does not come from your wealth, or power, or status, or connection, or any of these things. They will not be your refuge. They may provide comfort at times, but they are not the ultimate shelter in the storm. Today, what you are you relying on? Where is you hope? Where is your strength? God is our shelter. Only He can truly protect. Is He really your shelter today, or are you relying on something else?
I don’t need to take grace for granted
The shelter of His wings came at high price to Him. The grace that I and we receive, while free to us, cost Jesus dearly. Remember that grace is free, but not cheap. Let us never, ever, ever take His grace for granted. May we always be thankful for our freedom and forgiveness. May we always remember what that grace cost.
No matter what I am afraid of, God is bigger
There is nothing that we should fear to day. Dark or light, night or morning. God is our protection. He is our hope. He is bigger than no matter what you fear. No matter what you are afraid of, God is bigger. He is. Trust that. His word says it. Claim it today.
God, today, may I seek to live my life, placing my full hope in you, you along. May I never take your grace for granted. And may I live life unafraid, because of your great power.
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