Daily SOAP: Delighting In God’s Word

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My daily journaling from God’s Word, SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading Psalm 1.

Scripture

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates day and night.” –Psalm 1:2

Observation

Delight: To take pleasure in; joy; satisfaction of the mind
Meditate: To dwell on in thought, to contemplate, to turn or revolve in the mind.
Blessed: Enjoying spiritual happiness and the favor of God

A person who views life (or understands life) from the perspective of ungodly people will be divinely favored and will enjoy the happiness of the heart.

We are to delight in God’s word–not read it solely out of obligation.
We are to have God’s word on our heart day and night–to always contemplate it and allow it to revolve in our mind.

Application

Enjoy God’s word. I find that allocating enough time in the word is essential to move beyond dutiful reading to joyful meditation. Allow time to be in the Word without being rushed. Meditation takes time–both initially (i.e. journaling) and throughout the day (i.e. stopping to remind myself of scripture during a busy day).

Prayer

Father, You begin this wonderful book of worship (the Psalms) with an exatlation of Your word. Might the word of God be more exalted in me, more magnified, more central to my thought, values, faith and speech than it was last year.

Father, I delight in Your word. Help me to delight even more. Speak to my soul in deep, personal ways. Fill my heart with Your truth. Give me more  understanding. Give me spiritual wisdom. Might your word be more delightful than entertainment, the victory of my favorite team, money, a great meal or even a good friendship.

Father, remind me and help me allocate the time in Your word that is necessary to truly feed my soul to the realm of spiritual delight. Short amounts of duty don’t cut it. I desire to FEAST on Your word day and night. Bread of heaven, feed me till I’ll hold no more!

For Your glory I ask this! Amen.

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