S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
NOTE: This Psalm was likely written by David near the end of his life as a prayer for his son Solomon.
Long live the king! May the gold of Sheba be given to him. May the people always pray for him and bless him all day long. May there be abundant grain throughout the land, flourishing even on the hilltops. May the fruit trees flourish like the trees of Lebanon, and may the people thrive like grass in a field. May the king’s name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun shines. May all nations be blessed through him and bring him praise.
Praise the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does such wonderful things. Praise his glorious name forever! Let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and amen! This ends the prayers of David son of Jesse. Psalm 72:15-20 NLT
Solomon son of David took firm control of his kingdom, for the LORD his God was with him and made him very powerful….God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” Solomon replied to God, “You showed great and faithful love to David, my father, and now you have made me king in his place. O LORD God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth! Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly, for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”
God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people—I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!” 2 Chronicles 1:1, 7-12 NLT
God’s desire is for us to leverage our influence and affluence for him! In doing so we will be blessed with meaning and purpose in life.
Who do you influence? What would they say has been your greatest contribution to their success?
What resource has God given you in abundance for the explicit purpose of meeting the needs of others?
Generosity has the effect of blessing both the giver and the receiver; Jesus even says the giver is the one who is blessed more! How have you experienced the joy of generosity?
Lord, thank you for calling us to use our influence and affluence, whatever they may be, to help others in your name. Help us be bold and confident in you as we step out in faith.