S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
I trust in the Lord for protection. So why do you say to me, “Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety! The wicked are stringing their bows and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings. They shoot from the shadows at those whose hearts are right. The foundations of law and order have collapsed. What can the righteous do?”
But the Lord is in his holy Temple; the Lord still rules from heaven. He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth. The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked. He hates those who love violence. He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked, punishing them with scorching winds. For the righteous Lord loves justice. The virtuous will see his face. Psalms 11:1-7 NLT
The temple in Jerusalem reflected God’s intent to evict sin and rule the earth in justice and love. God’s intent is that his majesty, grace, and goodness occupy every inch of this world!
Now Jesus comes along! God doesn’t just visit planet earth—God comes to earth to live among us. And Jesus’ relationship with the temple is very important (see tomorrow’s Scripture for more!).
Have you ever been tempted to give up on doing good?
David articulated why he maintained trust in God despite the threats of evil. Read the Scripture again, noticing what David says is true NOW and what David says WILL HAPPEN.
Do you love what God loves and hate what God hates?
If someone who did not know you only took a look at your calendar (what you do), your bank statement (what you buy), and your entertainment choices (what you enjoy), would there be enough evidence to convict you of loving Jesus?
Lord, thank you for coming to live among us through Jesus. Thank you for giving believers new lives so we can be the “temple of the Holy Spirit.” Thanks for accepting, loving and forgiving me and empowering me to stay faithful.