Have you ever had a conversation with your soul? Our soul consists of our mind, will, and emotion. Although not necessarily evil, sometimes our soul needs a ‘good talking to’. Our soul sometimes needs a ‘come to Jesus meeting’.
David was in the middle of some great trial. Apparently he had been there a long time, so long that his soul became downcast. His soul was ready to wave the white flag. But our soul doesn’t get to have the last word. We are led by the Spirit.
So David had a conversation with his soul. “Why are you downcast, soul?”, David asked. Then he commanded his soul to put his hope in his God, his savior. David not only reminded his soul that he was friends with the Almighty, All Powerful, All Present, All Knowing God but his God was not only able to save him but He was willing to save him. David then says, “soul, I’m going to help you get over yourself. Let us remember the heights, our past victories.”
David did not allow his soul to continue to focusing on his current circumstance but to remember what God had done previously, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. David reminded his soul that the same God who saved his soul previously, who parted a Red Sea, who was with him in battle after battle, was the same God who would save him from his current situation.
Do you need to have an intervention with your soul? Every now and then we need to remind our souls who is boss. Talk to your soul today and remind him about God’s goodness, His faithfulness, His loving kindness. Speak life to your soul today. It must acquiesce.
“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. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.”
Psalm 42:5-6 NIV