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Humiliated? | Kim Chipman
S~ But as the Ark of the Lord entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she was filled with contempt for him. 2 Samuel 6:16 (NLT)
O~ King David was bringing the Ark of God back to the City of David. David was filled with joy to have the Ark returned and was celebrating and dancing before the Lord with all his might. His wife’s response? She was “filled with contempt” for him. Many versions say Michal “despised him in her heart”.
A~ What in the world? Michal was sure smitten for David when he was a handsome strapping warrior winning battles for the Lord even better than her Father. But she’s embarrassed of him when he dances for joy with all his might for the Lord in public where everyone is watching him?! Seriously? Later she says, “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today.” He was perfectly fine looking a fool with his joy and celebration for the Lord fully displayed.
So what about me? Am I willing to look foolish or be humiliated in celebration of Your greatness? Does it matter more to me to look “distinguished” (actually, I’d settle for just not looking a hot mess…not sure I’ve ever looked distinguished). I was picked on a good bit in my younger years so when David says he is willing to be humiliated that strikes a nerve for me. I know what humiliated feels like and it isn’t awesome. Am I willing to be humiliated if it would bring You glory?
P~ Jesus, I love You. I want nothing more than to glorify You with my life. Help me to let go of any pride that would hinder the full expression of my love and humble gratitude…and JOY…that I feel in You…for Your glory. I love You!
Child and Heir, no big deal 😉 | guest post
S~ Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are His child, God has made you His heir. ~Galatians 4:7 (NLT)
O~ I am not a slave, I’m God’s child! Because I’m His child, I’m His heir, so what God has is also mine! Whoa!!
A~ There is this holy confidence in me that is growing. The only thing that I’ve done to let it grow is to decide to believe what God says about me, but mostly believe what He says about Himself. I am God’s kid and His heir! I’m pretty darn special and so very important to Him! He has plans for me that are good, I have a future and a hope! And because my Father is awesome and amazing and bigger than anything I can even wrap my mind around…
He has this heart toward all His kids!
When I forget who I really am, I slip into ‘slave’ mode. I actually start living as a slave being driven by old masters: food, control, pride. ‘Slave’ mode is lies….it’s like doing ‘slave’ work in my princess dress with my Father’s crown on my head….it just doesn’t make sense.
P~ Abba, Father…I LOVE YOU! Thank You for calling me as Your own and Your heir! Grow my heart to live and think and feel and respond as Your kid and heir!
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