Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. ~~ Psalm 25:1 (KJV)
I lift up my soul. What does that mean? How do I lift my soul?
Well I’d first better figure out what my soul is. According to the dictionary it is…
- the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.
- the spiritual part of humans regarded in its moral aspect, or as believed to survive death and be subject to happiness or misery in a life to come: arguing the immortality of the soul.
- the disembodied spirit of a deceased person: He feared the soul of the deceased would haunt him.
- the emotional part of human nature; the seat of the feelings or sentiments.
- a human being; person.
- high-mindedness; noble warmth of feeling, spirit or courage, etc.
- the animating principle; the essential element or part of something
For our purposes here, numbers one, two, and seven should give us a good frame of reference.
Looking at number one we get the principle of life – spiritual as distinct from physical. So it’s not something I can pick up and hand over.
Number two gives us the idea of eternal because it survives physical death. The essence of who we are besides our physical description.
And number seven calls it the animating principle – that which moves us. And names it the essential part of something – the essence of us.
Okay, just as an exercise, write down who you are without referring to another person or to a job or occupation. Take your time. It’s possible, but it’s difficult.
Here’s my try.
I’m wife.. Oops… I can’t use that , or mother either.
I am a possession, bought with the price of Jesus’ blood, to be grafted into His family as an adopted person.
And I’ve failed again. We’re back to a relationship.
But this is the one relationship that counts. My relationship with God.
So we can turn our eyes toward Him; lift our voices in song to Him; raise our hands in praise to Him. And as we raise our hand, we can also life our souls – offering Him our souls in the sacrifice of praise.
So this day, let us resolve to keep our minds and hearts on him, to remember to thank Him and praise Him for all he is and has done for us.
Let us lift up our souls.
Keep us ever mindful of your loving presence in our lives. Grant us the wisdom to keep You foremost in our thoughts. Help us to life our souls to Your throne on a daily, hourly, basis, that we may be always gratefully thanking and praising You.
In Jesus’ most precious name.