Dr Pamela Prince Pyle

Food For Your Soul

On my last post, What is a Soul I describe the answer from many different perspectives but finished with the Biblical Worldview of the soul and what it means. When I use the phrase Biblical Worldview, I am referring to the belief in the authority of Scripture and the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. 

The Bible has much to say about our souls and in fact the word soul is used 520 times! While both animal and man were created from dust, only man receives the breath of life and has a living soul. 

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed

 into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Genesis 2:7 KJV

God places the soul in the womb at the time of conception and the soul continues for eternity. The soul and spirit are often used interchangeably; however, they are two distinct aspects of what God has created in us. The unique qualities that define us and how we related to God and to others. 

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,

 it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow;

 it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 NIV

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 5:23

Qualities of a Healthy Soul

We are a soul, and we have a spirit. Our spirit gives us the ability to have an intimate relationship with God. It is the aspect of our humanity which yearns to connect with our Creator, who Himself is Spirit. Our soul is the immaterial essence of our being, and our humanity. 

A healthy soul vibrates with strength, purpose, beauty, and harmony. When we don’t tend to our soul then we don’t fully experience that for which we were created, to love God and to love each other. 

When you consider your own life at this very moment, do you feel strength, purpose, beauty, harmony? When I wrote that, I realized that I am also writing to myself. On any given moment, I might feel one or more of the attributes of a healthy soul, but my soul needs a little tending to as well!

King David is described as a man after God’s own heart.

“After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ “

Acts 13:22

He wrote many of the Psalms which is often referred to as the “soul book”. When we consider David’s life, we can’t help but wonder how he had this unique designation and yet had a life experience as a King and a sinner, a major sinner. 

He had a very intimate relationship with God and yet, desired a woman so greatly that he had her husband killed in battle that he might have her. His soul experienced a devastation so great he cried out to the Lord for forgiveness. His soul was broken. 

“Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow 

weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief.”

Psalm 31:9

Whether we sin as David did, or just have a slippery slope of sin in our life, our soul becomes broken too. We can look to his example to bring health to our soul and seek to have the heart of God as well. 

Together lets…

STOP!

Stop, whatever you are doing, and I will too, and let’s pray this prayer together. 

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Matthew 6:9-12

The beginning of health for our heart is a conversation with God. Praying to our Father and asking for His forgiveness is the beginning of a conversation. But conversations are never one sided and He wants to speak to us too. He is strength, purpose, beauty, and harmony and he wants to speak that over our lives. 

Praise and Worship For a Healthy Soul

David also had a heart of worship and praise. For me, praising the Lord in church or by listening to worship music while I work makes my soul fill full and joyful regardless of my circumstances. Write your praise, sing your praise, live your praise and your soul will be healthy. In the words of the Psalmist:

I will praise, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.”

Psalm 9:1

“I love you, oh Lord, my strength.”

Psalm 18:1

“I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.”

Psalm 18:3

“My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast;
    I will sing and make music. Awake, my soul!
    Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing of you among the peoples.”

Psalm 57:7-9

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
   He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my SOUL..
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.”

Psalm 23

Finally, time spent with God in His Word, His love letter to us, connects our heart to His Son, Jesus Christ, which is His heart. He gave us a soul that is eternal. Where our soul spends eternity is the understanding of who Jesus Christ is and what He did for us on the cross. He gave everything to us on that cross and because He was raised by God the Father, we can also be raised from death to life at our last breath, but we only have this side of our last breath to make that choice. 

The ultimate health of our soul is determined by our faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our Savior. If you have any doubt about the destination of your soul eternity, pray my friend, pray. 

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

Romans 10:9-10

“To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.”

Psalm 25;1

“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.”

Psalm 103:1

“A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul.”

Proverbs 13:19

“(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

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