Fighter Verse For July 5, 2015
“I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!” –Psalm 34:1-3
The soul is a boasting mechanism. It either makes it’s boast in the Lord, or in it’s own greedy cravings. These greedy cravings come from the heart of a wicked person who curses, renounces the Lord, and is covetous for gain.
“For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord.” (Psalm 10:3)
In either the case of the wicked or the righteous, the soul is making a boast. The real question comes down to wondering what object is my soul boasting in?
Admittedly I find in my own heart a bit of both. There are certainly rooms in my soul which are reserved for echoing the praises of the Lord off the walls. But sadly, there are also more rooms then I would like to admit that seem content to echo the cravings of a soul which seems at times to be so far from the Lord. I agree with my elder spiritual brother Paul when he says:
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? (Romans 7:14-24 ESV)
My soul experiences glimmers of glory when it makes it’s boast in the Lord. And it reminds me of the hell I deserve when it makes it’s boast in me. I conclude the place Paul does in Romans 7:
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. (Romans 7:25 ESV)