Is it more important for our souls to be nourished or to be nurtured? Are they the same or different? If so, then how are they different and how do we make sure that our souls are getting both? And how do we serve to help others be nourished and nurtured?
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you,
O God.” Psalm 42:1
To keep a sprouting church growing, it must be nourished and nurtured. Hopefully that happens through Bible classes, small groups, spiritual relationships, praise, worship, and even sermons. But is one day enough? Does Sunday offer all the feeding and nurturing your soul needs?
The Psalms have much to say about this. The following words are representative of how the Psalms speak of the soul: anguish, fear, bitter-ness, grief, and death.
But the Psalms also equate these words with the soul: rest, rock, fortress, deliverance, revival, restoration, joy, delight, and singing with praise.
I believe that the soul is best nourished by: Bible reading, devotional books, nature, reflective prayer, Spirit-filled music, meditation.
• Let me encourage you to find spiritual nurturing during the week. I recommend Psalm 19, 31, 35, 42 62, 108, and 116.
• Read them, note the comments about the soul. Think about their meaning. Pray for guidance and solace. Find comfort and encouragement for your soul.
“My soul thirsts for you, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?”
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