Written by Tim Wood
The Hebrew word for soul is nephesh. The word nephesh appears in the Old Testament 753 times. Nephesh appears in the Psalms 144 times. Obviously, the Psalms teach us a lot about our soul and how to care for it. Here are a few of the places where the Psalms teach us how to care for our soul. All the Scriptures are from the New American Standard Bible.
Psalm 19:7 – The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul.
Psalm 24:3-4 – Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully.
Psalm 25:1 – To you O Lord I lift up my soul.
Psalm 33:20 – Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.
Psalm 34:2 – My soul will make its boast in the Lord; the humble will hear it and rejoice.
Psalm 42: 5 – Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.
Psalm 103:1-2 – Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; (verse 22) Bless the Lord, all you works of His, in all places of His dominion; Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Psalm 130: 5-6 – I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord. More than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.
Psalm 131:2 – Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child rests against his mother, my soul is like a weaned child within me.
Psalm 139:14 – I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.
Psalm 23: 1-3 – The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Our souls need restoring. The Lord will restore your soul if He is your Shepherd. If the Lord is your Shepherd your soul will be satisfied. A soul satisfied gives life and health, it experiences joy and peace. A soul satisfied and restored is at rest. Keep lifting up your soul to God. Center your soul on God. Allow God to take care of your soul and God will be glorified in you and through you.