The State of the Soul

Tuesday, March 12th, 2024

Since last week’s blog on the Disquieted vs. Silent Soul, God has shown me a few more scriptures on the topic, so we will continue our study. I personally find it so empowering to know that God has not only given us authority over our own soul, but that He provides multiple scriptures on the topic to show us how and why we need to maintain this authority.

For a large portion of my life, I lived under the weight of heavy emotions and controlling thoughts. I spent all of my energy trying to figure out where these pervasive foreigners were coming from and why I had to deal with them. Finally, there came a point when I realized I did not have to own these things. I could choose to give them access to my soul and permission to ruin my day. Or I could realize they were being stirred up by the enemy, resist them and choose the fruits of the spirit instead.

Let’s look at the first scripture. Psalm 131: says:

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.

Last week we talked about the disquieted soul being in commotion or tumult. Here we see the word quieted. According to Strong’s, the original Hebrew word means: to bring to silence, to compose. The word compose according to Webster’s 1828 dictionary is defined as: to calm, to quiet, to tranquilize; to compose passions, fears, disorders, or whatever is agitated or excited. Isn’t that a great picture? I have often felt that I would love to tranquilize my fears, disorders and agitations. This is what a quieted soul looks like. This is the soul we can have should we choose to take the enemy’s lies captive and stand on the truths in the Word of God.

I want to look at the word weaned in the above scripture. We are probably all familiar with the biological definition of a child not needing their mother’s milk anymore, but what about from a soul perspective? Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines this part as: to detach or alienate, as the affections, from any object of desire; to wean the heart from temporal enjoyments. Isn’t that almost always the crux of our soul issues? There is some temporary desire or “fix” we are chasing after instead of patiently and expectantly waiting on God?

The other scripture I want to look at is Psalm 62:5:

My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.

Here we see David commanding his soul in the right way to go. The Hebrew word for “wait silently” is the same word for “quieted” from Psalm 131:2. David has quieted his soul, and he is now able to patiently rest in the place of hopeful expectation. His soul isn’t stirred up with all sorts of doubts, questions or human analysis. His soul is rightly surrendered to his spirit and able to follow whenever and wherever God leads.

Final Thoughts…

The enemy of our soul would love to get us thinking that we are responsible for all the crazy, toxic thoughts he tries to get us to believe. He wants us to own them like he owns the spiritually blind. But that is not our portion. Jesus died on the cross and rose to a victorious life so that we could walk in freedom and authority. The battle for our mind is synonymous to the battle for our soul. We can toss these battles to the wind and hope for the best or we, like David, can command our soul to its rightful place and walk in the victory that is already ours.