Forget not all His Benefits-Day 4
By Carole L. Haines
Bless the Lord, my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, my soul,
And do not forget any of His benefits. (Psalm 103:1-2)
I made up a new word yesterday. Do you remember it? I’ll give you a hint, it’s today’s title. Pneuma-Psyche-Soma=Spirit, Soul and Body. Today we will continue to go deeper into what it means to have, “all that is within me, Bless His Holy Name.” The words soul and spirit have always felt interchangeable to me, almost like they mean the same things. But they are distinct parts of our human make-up. Jesus says this:
23 But a time is coming, and even now has arrived, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24)
This quote of Jesus takes place in the middle of a fascinating interaction that Jesus has with the Woman at the Well. Take a Minute to read this story and get the context, please; John 4:7-26.
This interaction is so telling of the heart of our precious Lord. I do not believe it was just random chance that He met this woman. I believe He went this particular route on purpose, knowing He would meet up with this lady. I believe that He sent the disciples away so He could be alone with her, setting her more at ease, without their interruptions and objections.
“Those who worship the Father must worship in spirit and in truth” (vs 23). The word for spirit is the same word we defined earlier in our study, Pneuma. The word for truth here is, Aletheia, meaning “what is true in any matter under consideration” (Strong’s). Jesus wanted this woman to face the truth about who she was, what she was doing and who He was. He wasn’t judgmental, just factual. Part of what leads us into deeper worship of the Lord is facing our inner selves with fierce honesty and integrity. Leaving no corner undusted, no stone unturned with our innermost being.
This detour into Sychar and this encounter with this woman led to the spread of the gospel into this region of Samaria. This woman became not only its first believer, but a missionary to the very people she had been trying to avoid.
O Yes, Jesus, bring truth into my innermost being so I may worship you in spirit and in truth. Help me to face myself with fierce honesty and integrity so that I can be used mightily of you and Worship you in spirit and in truth.
We will unpack the soul next time.