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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

Soul Work

Today's Verse:

Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men. ~Psalm 66:5

 

Psalm 66 is a psalm that testifies of how God answers prayer for His children. It speaks to us about how God builds our faith through difficult circumstances and challenges. In this psalm, we see God’s love for His children. We see how the works of God strengthens our faith and build up our soul. Of the many things that God does for us, building the life of our soul is His priority.


We see the fiery process.

“For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.” The proving process of God will always involve trials. The furnace of affliction is God’s method for purging away our impurities. God allows difficulties into our life that are over our head and we feel like there is no way out. These difficulties force us to ask for wisdom. They make us to wait upon Him. The fiery process is an imperative necessity of the soul work of God.


We see the frantic praying.

“I cried unto him with my mouth.” Our best praying occurs when our backs are against the wall and we do not know what to do. We pour out our hearts before Him. We become very serious about our spiritual life and come to God with vows that we make out of desperation. Our praying is specific. Our praying is with all of our heart. Our praying is seeking counsel and deliverance. Our praying is sincere and simple. We are reduced to the place of pleading for God to help us. Our praying does much heart searching to be sure that there is no sin in us that would impede God’s working. Our praying recalls how God worked among our spiritual forefathers and we plead with Him to do it again for us. Are you at a place in your life where you are knee-deep in frantic praying?


We see the faithful praise.

“Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men... Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue... But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.” The psalmist is praising God for answering his prayer and seeing him through his trial. He is testifying of the awesome and mighty work of God on the outside and on the inside. What God has done is so awesome that he wants everyone to know how great God is. Do you praise the Lord when He delivers you out of trouble? Do you praise the Lord for the spiritual lessons that He has taught you during a storm in your life?


We see the finished product.

“Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.” This psalm teaches us that the most important thing that we get out of a trial is not getting out of the trial. It is what the trial did for our soul. It is realizing that God used the trial to deal with sin in our life. It is realizing that God increased our faith when He overcame the Red Sea and giants in our life. It is realizing that we learned to wait on the Lord and trust Him only. We are closer to God and conformed more to His image.


Be thankful for what the Lord does for your soul. Remember that the most important thing about you is your soul. Don’t neglect your soul. Major on prayer and asking in faith for God to do for you what you cannot do.


Have a prayerful God Morning!

 

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