S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments.
Listen to my prayer, O God. Do not ignore my cry for help! Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles. My enemies shout at me, making loud and wicked threats. They bring trouble on me and angrily hunt me down.
My heart pounds in my chest. The terror of death assaults me. Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking. Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest! I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness. Interlude
How quickly I would escape— far from this wild storm of hatred.
Confuse them, Lord, and frustrate their plans, for I see violence and conflict in the city. Its walls are patrolled day and night against invaders, but the real danger is wickedness within the city. Everything is falling apart; threats and cheating are rampant in the streets. … Psalm 55:1-11 NLT
Think back to a time when you “minimized” or “ignored” your hurt. Did it get better in the long run?
Do you acknowledge the reality of your hurt in your conversations with God?
David was aware that the real danger was not “out there” but was much closer to home. Are you focused on the dangers close to home? Why or why not?
Lord, thank you for listening when I cry for help. Sometimes I do not feel your presence and am overwhelmed by fear, frustration, and hurt. Teach me to trust in you even when my fear and hurt feel like they are suffocating me. Confuse my enemies and give me peace!