We are all spiritual beings, made in the image of God. We are created as complex beings, each of us with unique physical, emotional and spiritual characteristics. It is fascinating to see how the Bible speaks about the capacity of our souls.
Our souls can express love and friendship:
Love the Lord your God with all your soul (Deut 6:4)
As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. (Sam 18:1)
Our souls have desires and can be satisfied, especially by God:
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. (Psalm 42:1-2)
Our souls can be gladdened or joyful:
Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.(Psalm 86:4)
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour (Luke 1:46-47)
Our souls can be embittered:
Why is light given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul? (Job 3:20)
I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul (Job 7:11)
Our souls can be refreshed and revived:
God leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. (Psalm 23:1-2)
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. (Psalm 19:7)
May God refresh, revive, gladden, strengthen and satisfy our souls as we feed on his Word together as a church. How is your soul?