The scriptures give us a number of verses from various books of the Bible that reference the soul. In my search for them, I came across many that give answers as to what the soul means. Some of them are as follows:
Deuteronomy 4:29 (NIV) – But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Matthew 16:26 (NIV) – What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
Psalm 62:1 (NIV) – Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him.
Jeremiah 6:16 (NIV) – This is what the Lord says: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
Psalm 42:11 (NIV) – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Psalm 103:1 (NIV) – Praise the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits–who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion–who satisfies your desires with good things.
Psalm 130:5-6 (NIV) – I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Psalm 19:7 (NIV) – The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV) – For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Psalm 63:1 (NIV) – O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Proverbs 16:24 (NIV) – Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Psalm 42:1-2 (NIV) – As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
In reading the above scriptures one can see a common theme throughout and that is the theme of Salvation (Psalm 62). God created us to thirst after righteousness and to seek Him because even in our mother’s wombs we were created to praise Him. Psalm 139 says that He created our “inmost being” and that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of a soul is:
“The spiritual principle embodied in human beings, all rational and spiritual beings, or the universe; a person’s total self; an active or essential part; a moving spirit.”
If we seek Him, we will find Him, and He will reach down into our inmost being (soul) and show His love to us. Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) says:
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
May the Lord richly bless you and keep you in His loving care each and every day.
Books reading: “The Bridge” and “The Chance” by Karen Kingsbury