S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Interlude
Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment. For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude
The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD. So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure! Psalm 32:1-11 NLT
“Interlude” indicates this was a song. Have you experienced God’s faithfulness in turning your sorrows into joys?
What do you need to confess? Are you willing to be honest so that you can be free?
How do you prefer for God to guide you?
Lord, thank you for paying for my sins and giving me a way to be free of the weight of my guilt and shame. Thank you for putting my guilt on Jesus at the cross so I can have his goodness live in me. Teach me to humble respond to your gentle guidance so I can be assured of your protection and filled with joy!