8O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:
9Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.
10For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
11Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.
12Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.
Holds Our Soul!
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28, KJV
What makes us different than the animals? God has given to man a soul; animals have life, but do not have a soul. What, then, is the significance of the psalmist's words in Psalm 66?
O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard: which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.
Because we have souls, we are eternal beings. It is true that our body suffers death, but our soul lives forever. Therefore, our consciousness does not end at death. The very part of you that thinks, and is aware of your surroundings is the part of you that will live on forever!
Understanding that helps us to realize the importance of Psalm 66:9. As Christians, God holds our soul. How is that manifest during our lifetime on this earth? The psalmist answers that question in Psalm 66:10-12.
It is God, who loves our very soul, who allows us to be tried as silver, and allows affliction to be laid upon us that we may be purified through the fire and water of life. That purification does not save us, as only Christ is able to do that. However, it causes us to continually go before God and find in Him all of our help and consolation.
It is important that we understand that it is God who safely brings us through the difficulties of life. Nothing in this life can help us or console us--that power is given only to God.
One of the things that has impressed me in my Old Testament Bible reading is that David is one of the few kings who served God all of his life. It is true that he sinned greatly regarding his adultery and murder in the lives of Bathsheba and Uriah, however when approached with his sin, he fell down in great humility before God and plead for God's forgiveness.
Most of the good kings of Judah who worshiped and served God seemed to leave Him during the latter years of their lives. What a sad commentary, and what a reminder to us that, by the grace of God, we need to diligently seek the Lord all of the days of our lives.
No wonder the Psalms, especially those written by David, provide so much help and comfort to us in this life. David understood, as did this psalmist, that God holds our soul!
God Bless You,