Awake My Soul!

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By Ron Bender© 2008, 2013

Read The Bible

Jesus, Guardian of our Soul

“Awake my soul!” David prays in Psalm 57:8. With an alert mind and a fixed heart David continually opened his soul to God’s presence.

What is the soul? The Bible has a lot to say about it, especially in the Psalms, the “soul book” of God’s Word. The soul is essential, but few people today understand their soul or know how to care for it.

We often equate the soul with the spirit, but in the Biblical understanding they are distinct. The spirit is essentially the same as our heart or will – it is the core of our being.

Your soul is the most encompassing aspect of your person. It is designed to integrate and enliven all aspects of your person – spiritual, psychological, and physical – into one unifying personality or flow of being that runs almost on its own. This is why the Psalmist often talks to his soul in the second person, often saying things like, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone” (Psalm 62:1, 5).

We say that “soul food” is tasty and “soul music” moves us to dance.  This is because the healthy soul is alive! It is alert and dynamic and it flows with strength, direction, and harmony.

But to live with soul is elusive! So much so that Jesus warns us to be careful not to lose our soul! (Matthew 16:26). If you neglect your soul you lose touch with it. To lose soulfulness is to lose your vitality.

May God help you to care for your soul so that it flows in a stream of life and overflows to bless other people.

Bible Verses to Help you Know The Truth (with God!):

Be Careful Not To Be Deceived

“Give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently” (Deuteronomy 4:9,).

Our Heart Needs to Learn to Obey the Lord

“Follow [the Lord’s] decrees and laws; carefully observe them with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 26:16).

Meditate on God’s Law to Renew your Mind

“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul” (Psalm 19:7).

Lift Up your Soul to God

“To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul” (Psalm 25:1).

To Live Well Cause your Soul to Delight in the Lord Right Now!

“Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his salvation” (Psalm 35:9).

When you’re Hurting Talk to your Soul and Pour it out to God

“I pour out my soul… Why are you downcast, O my soul?   Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him” (Psalm 42:4-5).

Moment-by-Moment Remind your Soul – your Innermost Being – to Praise the Lord

“Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name” (Psalm 103:1).

You are Thirsty – Soooooo Thirsty! – for God

“My soul thirsts for [the Lord] like a parched land” (Psalm 143:6; Psalm 63:2).

Your Soul Can be Lazy and Dull: It’s Up to you to Awaken it!

“Awake, my soul!  Awake, harp and lyre!  I will awaken the dawn” (Psalm 57:8).

Knowledge is Good for the Soul

“Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul” (Proverbs 2:10).

Your Soul has Longings

“A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul” (Proverbs 13:19).

Jesus Christ Offers you Rest for your Soul – No One and Nothing Else Can!

“[Jesus said] take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29).

Lose your Life for Christ or you’ll Lose your Soul!

“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.  What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:25-26).

Jesus’ Greatest Commandment Includes Loving God with All your Soul

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul [or prayer, (MSG)] and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).

Come to Christ and the Living Waters of the Spirit Flow from your Soul

“Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him’” (John 7:37-38).

S.O.S. (Lord, Save our Souls!)

“Your reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:9 NLT).

Jesus Christ is the Shepherd of our Souls

“Once you were wandering like lost sheep. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:25 NLT).

 

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