S.O.A.P. stands for:
Scripture: Reading the text out aloud 2 or 3 times.
Observation: What stood out for you?
Application: How does this apply to your life?
Prayer: Crafting a prayer around the text.
-The Hebrew word used for "strong" also means to "grow firm"
-"Heart" can also mean "inner man/ mind/ will
-to "take courage" means to be strong, bold, alert, and to show courage and determination.
-the psalmist emphasizes waiting on the Lord and being strong while doing so.
The above passage can be read as follows:
Wait for the Lord; grow firm and let your heart (your inner man/ mind/ will) show courage and determination; Yes, wait for the Lord.
Psalms 27:14 NASB1995
The instruction is to wait for Him. As a result, you will grow firm in Him. However, there is this little word called “let.” It means that in your own free will allow yourself to take the courage needed and be determined to wait for Him until He instructs you otherwise.
If the Lord has you in a waiting season, it will require patience. Patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is not given. It is grown. Growing takes time. Waiting for the Lord for whatever it may be will help you to grow your faith firmly in Him – if you allow it. Don’t jump the gun! The Lord will show you the next step. When He does, take it, no matter how crazy it may seem. His ways and perspective are far above our understanding.
Dear Lord, thank You for my waiting season. I know it may not be easy, but You are my strength in all situations. Thank you every day that in my waiting my faith in You grows firmer. I choose to be courageous in my waiting for You, I choose to be determined, waiting to see Your next step. When I see that next step, I will take it in faith whether I understand it or not. Please, will You help me in the waiting process? In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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