“How are you?” is among life’s FAQs—frequently asked questions. It is usually presented in a rhetorical manner as most people are simply engaging in meaningless small talk. Without much thought, we often reply, “Fine,” “Alright,” or “I’m good.” Many times, nothing is further from the truth. Sometimes life hurts, and it hurts worse on the inside.
For a couple of generations, we have been preoccupied with enlarging our territory, which may have been done at the expense of the core of our being—the soul. Consequently, our lives are lived with much frustration, emptiness, and discontent. An African proverb says it best—“A river that forgets its source will surely dry up.”
The dry soul is but one of several inferior spiritual conditions. Some of us have been sidetracked by the cares of the world. Some feel far from God. Others have been traumatized by unfortunate circumstances or events. Whether one’s soul is dry, distracted, distant, discouraged, or damaged, it is God—the Creator of the soul—who restores the soul.
While life is not easy, it is supposed to be simple. Complexity is the enemy of the soul and creates restlessness. Thus, Soul Care is designed to be a simple devotional journey. It includes prayers, reflections, points to ponder, Scriptures, and personal worship strategies. Prayerfully, this book inspires the reader to walk more intimately with God. Though this book can be read in one setting, it should be used as a resource to facilitate personal worship and spiritual renewal.
Psalm 103 is the foundation for this book. As it emphasizes worship, it also encourages the reader to remember “benefits” that lend themselves to living from the inside out. Psalm 103 prescribes the tenets of forgiveness, healing, redemption, lovingkindness, tender mercies, and contentment as reasons to worship and fundamental keys to a healthy soul. They pave the road to spiritual renewal. Embracing these benefits is rudimentary to soul care—“So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (v. 5).
The ultimate goal of this book is to invite the reader back to the center, the soul. It is a challenge to connect the human heart to the heart of God via worship. Such is the original design and intent of humanity. As anything that does not do what it was created to do is considered “dysfunctional,” the soul that does not worship is also dysfunctional. This is why we believe soul care begins with worship—“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!” (v. 1).
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