By David Soper
The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. Psalm 19:7
The scriptures revive the soul because they are from God, the one who created the soul. They communicate his desires and expectations for us. They are God’s wisdom and encouragement for our lives. They are perfect.
Perfectly revealing God’s love to us
Perfectly able to penetrate our hearts
Perfectly powerful to transform lives
Perfectly satisfying to the human heart
Perfectly relevant to every situation
Perfectly able to revive the soul
The body needs nourishment every day to recharge and function properly and the soul needs the Word of God every day to thrive. It doesn’t take long for the cares of life too wear us down, break down our defenses and make us spiritually tired. Soul fatigue happens from the daily wear and tear of life that chips away at our soul. The Word revives us by bringing us back to God. It inspires us by helping us to see the world through his eyes and connecting us to his heart.
The longer we go without the Word of God in our lives the more our soul becomes depleted and soul fatigue leads to soul detachment. Without even realizing it has happened, we stop caring, start playing church and start going through the motions. Soul detachment is like being spiritually unconscious. We become unaware of what God is doing around us, insensitive to his spirit, without passion for God, and completely deaf to his voice trying to speak to us. More than once I was revived on the ice with smelling salts during my hockey playing days. Like spiritual smelling salts, the Word awakens our soul from a state of apathy to a state of awareness. It renews our passion and our sensitivity. With the Word in our lives, we start to care again and become tuned into how God is working in the world.
There is no way to over emphasize the importance of the Word in a Christian’s life. If we continue to neglect the Word of God, the soul simply becomes paralyzed. Soul paralysis is a awful state. We become spiritually stuck, no spiritual vitality, no regard for God or his church. Lust and the pride of life attract us. Sin gets a foothold. We know we need God’s Word, but we just don’t have time for it. We try to rely on a spiritual experiences from our past to sustain us, or church attendance, or acts of service. But the Word, the life-giving perfect instructions of God, through the work of the Holy Spirit, reaches deep into our spiritually comatose state and pulls us out. The Word resurrects our spiritual vitality and restores our passion for Christ and His church.
Where are you today? Take a minute now and examine your soul.
The principles of this world are twisted, killing the soul. The promises of this world are empty, stealing the soul. But…. “The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul!”