ARE YOU CAST DOWN?
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?” (Psalms 42:11).
David had the habit of talking to his soul. He will ask himself "Why are you cast down, O my soul?" He will think of all the good things done by God and say "Bless the Lord, O my soul." David is the only saint to have too many conversations with the soul.
When David was rearing the sheep at his young age, there were no friends or relatives to talk with him in the wilderness. The sheep will be grazing on a side and David will be talking to his soul sitting on a rock. The lonely atmosphere created a close relationship between him and his soul.
At a later stage, he became a dominant king in Israel. So many people received comfort and peace from him. His high position made him hesitate to share the sufferings and sorrows he came across, with others. That is why he used speaking to his soul as a tool to strengthen himself.
Why did David speak to his soul rather than talking to his body? The reason is that the lifespan of the body is short and the soul is eternal forever and ever. On the day in which God breathed into the man's nostrils, itself man became a living being and received the imperishable soul. You also may show importance to your soul and test its status every now and then. The Scripture says, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).
God who thought of the greatness and redemption of our souls, became distressed in His soul, to redeem them from the clutches of the hade. His soul was so sorrowful, leading to death. His soul wavered within himself.
Jesus Christ not only had the sufferings on his body but also on His soul. The Scripture says, “He shall see the labour of His soul, and be satisfied” (Isaiah 53:11). “Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong. Because He poured out His soul unto death and He was numbered with the transgressors and He bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12).
Dear children of God, let your soul be with thirst on God (Psalms 63:1). Let your soul get nearer to God firmly (Psalms 57:1). If you possess the eternal life in your soul, the joyful shout of Salvation will keep on ringing in your heart.
To meditate: “He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake” (Psalms 23:3).