Good morning people who trust in the Lord with every part of your being.
Psalms 25:1 NKJV To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
Many have reduced ‘soul’ down to ‘mind, will and emotions.’ Interestingly, the word ‘soul’ here means ‘to breathe’, and even the Oxford Dictionary defines ‘soul’ as ‘the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal.’
In this scripture (and in many other scriptures), ‘soul’ literally means ‘our everything; our very breath.’
This is what we are to lift up to the Lord God Almighty; our breath itself and all that comes from it.
In other words, David is saying, “I trust You with everything Lord, even my very breath.”
And this is why the NIV translates the very same verse this way:
Psalms 25:1 NIV In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.
At first, I thought it was wrong that these two translations were so different. And so I dug a little deeper into the Hebrew, and they are actually saying the same thing, just in a different way.
I want to encourage you today to go deeper when you don’t understand something in God’s Word. Don’t step back or settle in a place of confusion. See it as an invitation to go deeper into God Himself, as well as deeper into the truth of His heart.
Maybe this desire to understand is part of ‘our everything’ that we need to lift up to God in surrender and trust. Maybe the following verse is saying the exact same thing in yet another way:
Proverbs 3:5 NIV Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
I hear the words of that wonderful old song, ‘I surrender all.’ This is where it’s at. I lift up my soul to You oh Lord; I put my trust in You Lord my God; I trust in You Lord with all my heart – I surrender all.