SyncUP Weekly Guide: Volume 1, Issue 7

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June 6th – June 10th

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What is SyncUP and the Weekly Guide?

SyncUP is a blog that provides not a prescription but rather a premiere of what my times with God are like, what He tells me, what I learn, how I sync with Him. My hope is that this blog will provide some building blocks to help you enjoy rich, fulfilling, genuine, and life changing time with God.
The SyncUP Blog publishes every Monday to the public  The Weekly SyncUP Guide also published but is provided to email subscribers only. This guide provides five (5) daily outlines on scripture reading, reflection questions, life application steps, and prayers to help you have your own daily SyncUPs with God for the rest of the week.

DON’T FREAK OUT…if doing all 5 this week is overwhelming, set a goal of 2 or 3 and work your way up from there.
God Bless!

Day 1

Day 1 – The “E’s” of Praise

Reading

Read Psalm 150

Reflection

Everywhere:
In verse 1, we are told to praise God in His sanctuary.  Since all believers are God’s temples (1 Cor. 3:16), is there any place on earth where God’s sanctuary cannot be?

Everything:
Verse 2 tells us to praise Him for His mighty deeds.  What “ordinary” things do you take for granted that are actually “mighty deeds” of God? Also consider the hard things in life, what is praiseworthy about those?

Verses 3-5 lists many instruments with which to praise God.  What’s the point of this long list? Is it just telling us the instruments God likes?

Everyone:
According to verse 6, is any person on earth exempt from praising God?

The Word in Action

Today, think about “E’s” of praise.  Which one do you find the most challenging and why? Confess it to God.

Prayer

Gracious God and Father, You are worthy of great praise! I confess that sometimes I overlook opportunities to praise You.  Help me to slow down and take notice of every praiseworthy thing in my life, even the hard things because they produce the riches of spiritual fruit.  Give me boldness to never shrink back from praise, no matter where I may be.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 2

Day 2 – Praise Despite Negative Reciprocation

Reading

Read Psalm 109:1-5 and John 10:32

Reflection

How was David repaid for the good things he did for others? (Ref. Psalm 109:4-5) If you were him, how would these circumstances affect your praise?

In verse 1 David refers to God as “God of my praise”? How is this significant and what does it tell us about how to praise despite negative reciprocation?

According to John 10:32, how is Jesus able to relate to our experiences with negative reciprocation?  How does this impact you?

The Word in Action

Today, when you experience negative reciprocation at work, school, or at home, go immediately into prayer with God and ask Him to direct your heart to praise.  Journal what happens.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, You are no stranger to negative reciprocation.  The Lord Jesus came into a world to save people and those people tried to kill Him…repeatedly! But He never stopped praising God.  Thank You for setting such a good example for me to follow.  Train me to understand that You are God and my praise is subject to You, not what others do or don’t do to me.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 3

Day 3 – Praise Despite Betrayal

Reading

Read Psalm 55:12-22 and Matthew 26:14-16

Reflection

Psalm 55:12-14 describes a special type of betrayal.  What is it and what makes it so hard to bear?

Read Psalm 55:16-19 and 22.  What is this source of praise during “friendly” betrayal?

Matthew 26:14-16 describes the betrayal Jesus experienced while on earth.  Why is this betrayal still a catalyst of praise to God?

The Word in Action

Today, think about a recent betrayal you experienced by someone you loved. Take some time to pray and meditate on what is praiseworthy about the experience.

Prayer

Dear God, betrayal is painful but betrayal by a friend is almost unbearable.  During these times help me to remember that You know this pain because You experience it all the time. But You are steady and constant. You listen, You respond, and there is no betrayal in You.  Praise God, my Faithful Friend!

In Jesus Name, Amen

Day 4

Day 4 – Praise of the Pitiful and Needy

Reading

Read Psalm 109:21-31 and Luke 18:9-14

Reflection

Read Psalm 109:21-31.  In what ways does David describe his pitiful condition?

In verse 21 he states he is “poor and needy”.  What type of neediness is this? Is it just about not having money or resources?

Compare Psalm 109:30-31 and Luke 18:9-14.  What do these verses state is the connection between spiritual neediness and praise?

The Word in Action

Today, take some time to tell God in what ways You are spiritually needy and pitiful.  How does this reflection lead you to praise God even more?

Prayer

Father in heaven, I am poor in spirit.  There is such a deficit in me.  I cannot save myself from my own sins or the sins of others.  Hope for deliverance lies in You alone.  I praise You because You fill empty vessels with the fullness of You.

In Jesus Name, Amen

Day 5

Day 5 – Praise At All Times

Reading

Read Psalm 34:1-3 and Hebrews13:11-16

Reflection

According to Psalm 34:1-3, when is it a good time to praise God?

What often “interrupts” your continuous praise?

Read Hebrews 13:11-16.  What was the purpose of animal sacrifices to God (v.11)? What is the connection between animal sacrifices and Jesus (v.12-13)?

Because of Jesus, what has become our pleasing sacrifice to God (v.15-16)?

The Word in Action

Today, pray through Hebrews 13:15-16 by replacing “us” and “you” with “me” and “I”.

Prayer

Dear Lord, let continuous praise be always in my mouth.  Help me to remember that it always a good time to praise You because there is never a time when the power of Your glorious sacrifice diminishes. As long as it is today, I will come to You with a sacrifice of praise.

In Jesus Name, Amen

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6 thoughts on “SyncUP Weekly Guide: Volume 1, Issue 7

    1. Thanks, Trish. Praise God that you are finding these helpful. I get so much out of just writing them.

  1. The hymn is a favorite of mine…A few years ago when heard the story behind the song it has Blessed me the more. When it seems like the waves are taking me under I am reminded It is Well With My Soul and God is BIGGER then the issues at hand..

    1. Thanks for the comment, Sharon. You are so right! Reminds me of the promise in Isaiah 43:2a – “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you”

  2. Natasha,

    Thank you for writing these. They are very helpful and it’s awesome to know other people in our community who are diving deeper into the same passages of scripture during the week. I’ve created a template on Google Slides for journaling and have incorporated the Sync UPs into my entries. I’d love to show you next time we’re in proximity.

    Love,
    Lizzie

    1. Thanks so much for the comment, Lizzie! I am delighted to hear this has been helpful for you. And yes, I would love to see how you incorporated the SyncUP Guide into your digital journal.

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