S (Scripture) – Psalm 2:10-11 “Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; take warning, O judges of the earth. Worship the Lord with reverence and rejoice with trembling.”
O (Observation) – Lord, You inhabit the praises of Your people (Psalm 22:3). Your heart is softened toward those who exalt Your Name above all else. This psalmist was writing to the kings that were the judges of the earth at the time, and was imploring them to think wisely about their actions (with discernment) and to heed his warning to worship You and rejoice. Some may wonder why his instruction begins with “take warning.” I believe it is that if we do not proclaim with our lips Your greatness, we are more at risk of assuming our own. When we declare that You are Lord, that You are in control, and that You are the only One worthy of praise, then it is only natural to humble ourselves in Your presence. If we fail to grant You the praise You are due, then we will slowly begin to elevate ourselves and make You smaller in our minds. That is a very dangerous thing to do.
A (Application) – There are times when deep study of the word is what we are called to do. We should be careful to not make our entire experience with the word based only on study. Quiet times of adoration, reflection, meditation, and simply dwelling in Your presence is what allows us to become more and more intimate with You. You are not an academic experience to be checked off of our list. In addition to this devotional time and study time, let us not forget the importance of time set aside exclusively for worship. There are times when we just need to sing to You and declare Your promises over our own lives. A balance of all of these forms of spending time with You is essential for us to grow and mature. When we are constantly reminding ourselves of how big You are, we are also keeping ourselves in proper perspective.
P (Prayer) – Heavenly Father, praise Your holy name! You are indescribable and there are no words sufficient in our limited human knowledge capable of fully describing Your glory. We can sing songs to You, but help us to remember that true worshippers worship in spirit and in truth at all times. It is a lifestyle that we must be dependent on Your Holy Spirit for us to walk out each day. Free us from the inconsequential distractions of this life so that we can focus on You more and more.