Daily Devotions: August 23, 2017

Daily Devotions: August 23, 2017

Psalm 138

“On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.” vs. 3

The psalmist is overjoyed and filled with thanksgiving. He can’t think of anything else but to bow down and worship the Lord, the One who is mighty among the nations. And what is it that the Lord has done? In the psalmist’s own words, “On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.” Obviously this is an answer to prayer, maybe an answer that he didn’t even expect. He didn’t get a healing or rescue from enemies, he got an increase in his strength of soul! There’s plenty of mystery in that statement…certainly there’s not an obvious meaning. But something has happened at the very core of his being, that part of himself that defines his essence, and he’s thrilled. Our soul is that part of us that gives us personality and that differentiates us from others. It’s what makes us distinct from all other persons…and sometimes we don’t feel very good about that part of ourselves. It’s easy to become downcast and imagine that we’re not worth much, that maybe even God has lost touch with us. What a blessing it is when God zeroes in and lifts us from our doldrums by assuring us that we are important and that we have significance in the kingdom. In that moment, our strength of soul is increased and like the psalmist, we ooze with confidence and praise.

Thought for the Day: How strong is my soul these days?

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