Morning Direction From Scripture 9-4-20

Psalm 146

Praise the Lord.[a]

Praise the Lord, my soul.

I will praise the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes,
    in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
    on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God.

He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
    the sea, and everything in them—
    he remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed
    and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
    the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
    the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner
    and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
    but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The Lord reigns forever,
    your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the Lord.

Is there a difference between praising the Lord with your soul and praising God in the spirit?

6 thoughts on “Morning Direction From Scripture 9-4-20

  1. This is a geat question, for I have wondered if the spirit and soul are different. It’s a good study for me to start. But, I believe that worshiping the Lord means acknowledging His goodness and speaking words of love and thenaksgiving for all of His marvelous acts past. present, and to come in the return of Jesus.

    • While not specifically regarding the corporate act of worship done in the Spirit, I particularly like Richard Foster’s book, The Celebrations of Discipline. He emphasizes the Christian disciplines as a means of connection rather than as an act of religious observance or as an act of emotional repair. I will look through my library for material from which I have gleaned my thinking. I am not sure that I have read one book that has clarified my thoughts on this matter. I have come to them over time both through the reading I have done and the mentors I have served under. I think I am most heavily influenced by my last lead pastor who taught the three-fold nature of man: body/soul/ spirit as a part of his discipleship program. He taught from Romans the three fold nature of completed salvation. Our Spirit’s are saved by Jesus when we are born again by faith in the resurrected Christ (our dead spirit’s….the part of us which has the ability to connect to God directly…. are made alive according to Ephesians). Next our lives here on Earth are experiencing the second part of that salvation…sanctification which is the progressive maturation of the soul (mind will and emotions). Finally in the work of salvation is the resurrection and perfecrtion of our fleshly bodies the process Paul refers to as glorification in Romans. I hope this helps and I look forward to a further conversation regarding it in the future.

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