S (Scripture): Psalm 50
“Listen, my people, I will now speak;
Israel, I will now testify against you.
I am God—your God!
I’m not punishing you for your sacrifices
or for your entirely burned offerings,
which are always before me.
I won’t accept bulls from your house
or goats from your corrals
because every forest animal already belongs to me,
as do the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know every mountain bird;
even the insects in the fields are mine.
Even if I were hungry, I wouldn’t tell you
because the whole world and everything in it already belong to me.
Do I eat bulls’ meat?
Do I drink goats’ blood?
Offer God a sacrifice of thanksgiving!
Fulfill the promises you made to the Most High!
Cry out to me whenever you are in trouble;
I will deliver you, then you will honor me.”
O (Observation): What does God require? What is the list of things needed to please the Lord?
This one thing: give thanks to God.
Acknowledge that all we have and all that we are come from God. God is our protector through the joys and challenges of life.
A (Application): (See “Observation”)
P (Prayer): Lord, your requirements are good. Help us to follow them. Amen.