Hi friend, how are you doing? I don’t mean this in a casual, surface-level kind of way. I mean, how are you actually doing? How is your soul doing? It’s important for us to be discerning and walk in wisdom as we move through our day to day lives. It’s important for us to evaluate our thoughts, attitudes, emotions and heart postures and shine the light of scripture on them.
In Psalm 103 we find David speaking to his own soul, commanding his soul to bless the Lord! Not every circumstance we encounter is from God, but a lot of times God allows trying circumstances to happen to us so that we grow, both in character and in relationship with Him.
As children of God, we are new creations. We have a new nature, and we must act like it! That means taking authority over your flesh, speaking to your soul and thanking God in the midst of what you don’t understand. This is what David was doing.
Tests and trials can create transformation, change our perspective, challenge us, cause us to dig deeper into scripture and cling to the Word, presence and voice of God like we never have before. They refine us!
Friend, whatever stage of life you find yourself in, I challenge you to take a bold and brave stand and speak to your soul, commanding it to praise the Lord. Isn’t He worthy?
“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all His benefits - who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:11