Updated: Oct 13, 2019
When was the last time you talked to your soul? That may sound like a strange question, but stick with me for a minute.
The book of Psalms contains songs and poems, many of them praising God, crying out to God, or praying to Him. Some of them call on and encourage others to praise God. Then there are some passages in this book where the writer pauses to speak to his own soul.
--> “Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him.” (Psalm 62:5)
--> “My soul, bless the Lord, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.” (Psalm 103:1)
--> “My soul, bless the Lord!” (Psalm 104:1)
--> “[My soul,] put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 43:5)
The Hebrew word for soul used in these verses is “nephesh,” and this word means so much more than even the English word for soul communicates. It refers to a “living, breathing physical being; to our entire being, life, and body—with all of our capabilities and limitations.”*
Basically, the word “nephesh” refers to all that we are + who we are.
What would happen if we paused in this moment to tell our entire being to praise Him? What if in the midst of moments of despair or doubts we literally—even out loud—reminded our souls of what is true? What if in difficulties and questions we told our souls that He is good…and to put our trust in Him?
Our entire being is made up of our mind, our emotions, our bodies. And God has given us the incredible ability to step outside of ourselves and choose what we will believe and think. He enables us to remind ourselves of what we know is true. Even to command our souls to look back to Him, to hope in Him, and to praise Him.
Our minds may choose to raise fears, questions, anxiety, insecurities. Our emotions can swing from one place to another. But we get to speak truth to ourselves with authority and faith. What does your soul need to be reminded of today?
Let’s tell our souls again where to trust.
P.S. If you're joining in the Scripture Memorization Challenge, it's time to start our next Scripture! Comment below with the next Scripture you'll be memorizing. Cheering you on and so thankful for His Word.
*Source: The Bible Project