My daily journaling from God’s Word, SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading Psalm 4.
“O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach? How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? But know that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself; the Lord hears when I call to Him.” –Psalm 4:2-3
So many people seek after and aim for that which is deceptive and dishonorable. The godly man embraces God’s honor, even if others mock and dishonor him for doing so. The godly man aims for and seeks the truth. Often, the godly will need to stand alone with only God by his side, but God will be by his side.
As taught here and in Psalm 1, don’t walk in the same path as the world; be a godly man who walks in the ways of the Lord. Value what God values.
This week will be a test in this. My football team had a great victory and is heading to the championship. Sure, I’m excited, but our city will be going nuts. In the greater scene of life, this is still just a game and thus, win or lose, shouldn’t affect my emotions. In fact, my highlight from yesterday was not an awesome game, but the opportunity to meet our evangelistic team in Nepal and teach them the word via Skype. In eternity, that simple ministry will mean a lot more than a football championship.
Father, I only have one life to live. I want to make it really count!
There are so many things on earth that can distract me from that which matters most. For me, I can enjoy a game, but unlike others, it isn’t my life. You and Your kingdom are my life! And so, today, Lord, might I be a godly man set apart for You! Might I love what You love, hate what You hate and be a bit more indifferent to things that don’t really matter to You.
You’ve called me to aim for godliness and not for that which is worthless and deceptive. Might I answer this honorable call on my life!
For Your glory, I pray, Amen.