My Soul Longeth...
"As a deer panteth for the waters, so my soul panteth after thee." Ps. 42:1
"...The heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him, so who am I..." 2 Chron. 2:6 Who am I that God is mindful of me? A tiny speck of dust that vanishes so easily. Who am I and why am I me? The bible tells me that God created me to seek a relationship with Him. He created me for His own good pleasure. "Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created." Rev 4:11
The apostle Paul teaches that this body is only a tent, something perishable, used to house the soul. My soul is my inner self that lives within my tent. I feel joy, psalms 94:19, and delight, Isaiah 55:2, in my soul. My soul can be downcast, Lamentations 3:20, and grieved, Matthew 26:38. My soul is also where I learn and store knowledge. It is where I make decisions. It houses my intellect, desires, and all other things associated with my identity. The Soul is the life within the body. It is uniquely ours, no two are alike.
Through all eternity we are an unique being, living either with God in His eternal state or with satan in his eternal state. When satan and his followers, (one third of the angels) fell from heaven, he became the ruler of the earth and its atmosphere. After we reach the age of accountability we are under the rulership of his evil empire. We have to choose to belong to God. According to His Word, just believing is not enough. "Even the demons believe and they shudder." James 2:19 Choosing God means to accept Jesus as our personal Savior. Jesus tells us exactly how to do this. His words are like a road map. "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved." John 10:9 "He who believes and is baptized shall be saved." Mark 16:16 Remember the road map. He shows us step by step. As we take these steps in faith, He tells us through Peter, "Repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:38 Each step takes us further as our journey continues.
We hear the Word of God and by faith, receive the message. Rom 10:17 In the beginning the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters." Gen.1:2 God's Spirit now moves around the formless void of darkness that surrounds us. He woos us, trying to soften our hearts in an attempt to draw us nearer to Jesus. Again and again He will draw upon our emotions, but one day it'll be too late. Our life will end or the Lord will return and our soul will fall into a most terrible state. Matthew 16:26 tells us, "For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" But when we invite Jesus to come into our hearts, something supernatural happens. Colossians 1:13 tells us we are transferred from that darkness into the kingdom of Jesus Christ.
Just as God is manifest in three different personalities, man is made up of three different aspects: body, soul, and spirit. When Paul speaks of his tent, he's speaking about his body. Housed somewhere within the body, perhaps within the soul is man's spirit. The Bible is not specific about this and I think my perception comes from a simple drawing by watchman Knee. It shows a circle representing the body, a smaller circle within which represents the soul and yet a smaller circle within that one which represents the spirit.
We think and interact with others thru our soul, but we communicate with God thru our spirit. I read somewhere that the "soul" is man's horizontal view with the world. The "spirit" is man's vertical view with God. It is in my spirit that I feel an unquenchable desire, driving me to seek answers beyond my own imagination. Like the Psalmist who pleads, "Lord light my path, be a light unto my feet," I seek beyond man's knowledge, beyond the stars that draw my interest.... reaching for God to fill the void that He created within me.
As our soul is where our emotions, all emotions, even our carnal ones reside, God seeks that special place where only purity and goodness dwells within us. If our spirit belongs to Christ and we are dwelling in obedience to His will, God's spirit, the Holy Spirit joins with our spirit and lives within us.
If you didn't care about the existence of God or the validity of His Word, you would not concern yourself about, "What is the soul?" Thus your concern shows your desire for the Truth. Your search, in all honesty, can only lead to Jesus. "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one comes to the Father except thru Me." John 14:6
My desire for you is that you will experience a personal relationship with my Savior, Jesus. He is the one and only living God. Coming to know Him is to experience a relationship more personal than anything you have ever experienced. He knows your every thought and feeling. This allows you the freedom to discuss those most intimate things of your heart. Jesus knows you better than your sweetheart, your parent, or your child. God is an omniscient, (all knowing) God. He knows you better than you know yourself. As you study your Bible, you will begin to experience a friendship that will change your life. Within the pages, you become acquainted with Him for He is the written Word. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning." John 1:1,2 Then God came to earth as Jesus to redeem mankind back to Himself. "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us . . . " John 1:14 He is also the living Word. "The Word of God is living and active. . . " Hebrews 4:12
It is God's desire, His good pleasure to call us His own. It is His good pleasure to bless us in every way. It is His good pleasure to give us a life so incredible it is beyond anything we can imagine. It is my belief that anyone who is truly seeking the truth and reads God's Word will not and can not walk away unaffected.