Studying the Bible can be a very interesting journey. It can also be overwhelming. Where do you begin? How do you read it? I love the SOAP method. You read a selected Scripture, write your Observations about what you read, note how you can Apply it to your life, and then Pray about it. This method helps you think on what you have read and what it means to you personally.
This is my online journaling of the SOAP method. I suggest that you have your own journal. You can use the same scripture. Read mine afterwards and compare your observations or applications to your life. Or you can just mine as a devotional. Leave comments behind on your own observations.
Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior;
gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
and glory in your praise.” (1 Chronicles 16:35 NIV)
At first, I think this scripture doesn’t apply to be at all as I’m not being pressured or attacked by other nations. My government might be, but most of the time it doesn’t involve me directly…yet. We are not in war with other nations trying to destroy or subjugate us. So in the strictest sense, I currently don’t see how this scripture can reach out to me. But…
The purpose of this verse was for those who were persecuted. Yes, the Israelites were being attacked by other nations, but we are persecuted at different levels. A family member might spread lies about us. A co-worker might throw us under a bus. Our car might be broken into. We are attacked all the time. That doesn’t even count the temptations that plague us and the depression and doubt that can weigh us down. I might not need saving from nations but I need saving in a way that only God can do it.
I need deliverance from depression. It haunts me everyday. I need deliverance from those at work who are not nice and don’t do their jobs. I need deliverance from the drivers who traverse the roads in a dangerous manner. I need delivering from my own poor decisions. I need deliverance from everything. Just because it isn’t from other nations doesn’t mean that I can’t ask God for help and Praise His name.