Listen up soul!
Let us put our soul and body back in their proper place. There is nothing wrong with feeling good, being happy, enjoying life; but a life out of balance will end in frustration and a feeling of emptiness. Let us submit our souls and bodies to our creator and enter this year with a goal to feed our spirits with the Word of God, worship the Lord our creator and Father. The result will be a peace that surpasses all understanding, a peace and joy that stands strong when life gets tough, when hearts get broken, when money is gone, we can stand and say "Bless the Lord, oh my soul!"
I leave this message with you as my last blog of 2018 and my last post on social media for 2018:
Oh how many Christians go to church with soul and body leading the way. They only get satisfaction when the music is pleasing to their ears, the ambiance is entertaining and inviting, and the preacher better soothe their convictions and guilt from leading a soul-driven life the week before. Dear preacher, don't step on toes and tell the truth from God's word, this doesn't make us feel good and safe.
A weak, unattended spirit is unable to connect with God.
David commands his soul to "Bless the Lord"! David knew that his soul would not bless the Lord on its own. He had to command his soul, tell it what to do. Remind his soul who God is and what He has done, and who David is without God; without feeding and tending his spirit. Our spirit is the part of us who connects to God, where we feel God's presence, and hear His voice.
Psalm 103 David understood this. The book of Ecclesiastes also talks about this. King Solomon gave total attention to his soul and body and at the end? Vanity of vanities.
As I think about the investment I have made in my soul and body, the hours and energy spent trying to satisfy my soul and body and the lack of time spent feeding and strengthening my spirit, I am left with a starving, weak, fighting-for-dear-life spirit. It is no wonder I feel I am constantly under attack, dissatisfied, feeling that something is always missing and I can't figure out what it is.
Everything I have accomplished in body and soul will be gone when I die. All of the fun, all of the food, all of the drink, all of the laughs, opinions, well-deserved tantrums and anger outbursts, poof! Gone! The only thing I am left with will be my spirit and I ask myself, in what condition will my spirit be in?
We are spirit, soul and body, yet we live as if we were body, soul and spirit.
Bless the Lord! Praise the Lord, oh my soul!
When our soul isn't happy, it reaches out....one more episode, until we've binged watched that show, I want to feel a little longer whether it's crying, or laughing or an entertaining fear from that horror movie; one more slice of pizza or cake, one more drink, or lets plan another party or vacation or go to disneyland for the fifth time this year. Let's buy more stuff, or spend one more hour at the gym. Let me post another selfie or picture of how perfect I want my life to look.
Our souls refuse to be quiet; always trying to fill the quiet gap with thoughts, plans, ideas without ever consulting the one who created our soul. Drowning out our conscience, common sense, God's voice and wisdom. The only one who can help us control and manage the unruly habits of our soul. We are a people driven by our soul and emotions. Our bodies reap the consequences, we feed our bodies many times to please the soul; we drink or self-medicate to quiet our thoughts or emotions which may be trying to tell us something vital or give us a warning; our bodies have had enough food and drink but our soul wants more and more and more! Our soul then has the nerve to complain that we are fat and tired and give it more.
We spend endless hours scrolling social media, all in a futile attempt to please our souls, whether its from the satisfaction of posting the funniest meme, posting the best selfie (after editing of course) or joining a juicy political debate and showing off our knowledge (or lack there of) or just spewing out our stinky opinions; we soothe our soul, just as one puts a pacifier in a toddler's mouth.
My soul is responsible for so many wrong decisions, wrong reactions and sin.
Bless the Lord! Oh my soul....
Our soul. An important part of who we are, yet the most dangerous part of who we are. Our soul loves to be in charge; our soul wants all of the attention and wants its way all the time. Our soul wants to feel good all the time, yet our soul reaches out to fickle, temporary remedies, leaving a trail of disappointments and dissatisfaction. In my opinion, my soul is like an unruly toddler, demanding her way and if she doesn't get it, will throw a tantrum until she is exhausted and has exhausted those around her.
Oh my dear soul. You who have led me astray so many times. You are unstable and your demands are unending!
Bless the Lord, Oh my soul....
1.Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. 9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. 14 For He [a]knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is [b]gone, And its place remembers it no more. 17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, 18 To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. 21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You [c]ministers of His, who do His pleasure. 22 Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!