Is Your Soul a Witness to (Psalm 139:14)?
"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7).
The opening drama of life as it pertains to man begins with Elohim the Creator. Elohim is a Hebrew term for Creator. Elohim first forming or creating man from the dust of the ground; and then breathing into his nostrils the breath of life and man becoming a living soul.
This is the revelation that allows us to understand and know that soul is of the utmost importance to God, It was important then, and it is extremely important now, as he reconciles the world back to Himself through the Lord Jesus Christ. Elohim created soul and it is of great value to Him. God and man were once in a relationship, and the man obeyed God, until the war for man's soul began. The emphasis is still that Elohim created the soul. God had and has great plans for man, sharing with him His dominion mandates for the earth. The focus here is soul before the fall, and during the hope of the promise and after salvation. Soul is the core aspect between spirit and flesh and it has a progressive roll in preservation of our entire being.
God created the soul and it makes perfect sense that only He can guide it, teach it and provide everything it needs. There is rest in knowing that He will perfect those things which pertain to us. The soul is His decision and design. We didn't design a soul so how would we know how to operate it apart from God. This is the attitude sin caused in the garden, it called man and woman aside to believe that they could navigate their lives apart from God. Sin blinds all human beings to believe it can live without God's instructions for life He created. Imagine trying to assemble a computer system without an instruction manual. Unless you designed it there is no way except the Spirit of God guides you. We all need instructions for the life God created. Our souls need God whether we can understand and perceive it or not, it is a fact.
Our souls are currently under the transformation process, each aspect must be renewed in the knowledge of God. Soul is a pathway for light or darkness to pass. It was not so from God's standpoint because He formed it in and full of light; the eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil shifted the soul into a darkness mode. As a result of sin, every human being's soul resides in the darkness of the law of sin and death until it receives Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and repents of all sin and is translated into His marvelous light. Soul has to travel from darkness to light, just as it traveled from light into darkness. Jesus Christ being the way out of the darkness for all those who hoped and believed in the Messiah, this hope was their light and is our hope today.
King David is a man after God's own heart. If you have read the Psalms and I know you have, then you understand why. He consistently poured out his heart and questioned his soul of its attitude. He is a great example to follow, yet we should also allow the Holy Spirit to do new and original things as He purposes and continues to sanctify us.
The passages below are from the online sources in parathesis
(Embraced by Truth)
ELOHIM: THE CREATOR
“God” in Genesis 1:1 is Elohim. The word, which appears thirty-two times in Chapter One of Genesis in the Hebrew text and over 2500 times in the entire Old Testament, speaks of God as “the Strong One,” “the Mighty One,” the One able to create—the Creator God Elohim is the Creator. He is the One who dominates in Genesis One, dominates in the very chapter that tells of His Creation, the Creation that cannot be separated from Him because He is the One who creates and then informs man of His activity.
(From Forerunner Commentary)
Is Elohim one? Yes! It is one institution, one family, one kingdom in which everybody agrees. It acts as one, and because it acts as one, even though it consists of many, it takes a singular verb. We have to change our thinking so that we understand that Elohim consists of more than one, even though individual members of Elohim acting in the name of our God because they are part of the Godhead.
Jesus tries His hardest to help us to understand this by using family terminology: father, son, children, brothers, sisters. A family is one, even though it has many members.
Even in the Old Testament there are two distinct identifiable characteristics revealed. David said, "The LORD said to my Lord" (Psalm 110:1), clearly showing that there are two in Elohim. But that is not the only place it appears. In Daniel 7:13, we find, "One like the Son of man . . . came to the Ancient of Days."
"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well" (Psalm 139:14 KJV).
We often quote this verse declaring what the King prayed. This is a prayer being offered to God, in which he declares that he will praise God, Why? because he is fearfully and wonderfully made, and that he deems these works marvelous. At times when this verse is quoted only a part is of the verse is spoken. The prefix and suffix of the verse are withheld; I will praise thee (prefix) and my soul knows right well (suffix). This is what Adam would have said if he were not side tracked. Who better than Adam would know what it was like to be fearfully and wondrously created and made and how marvelous the works of Elohim's hands were. It goes to show us that no one or nothing should stand between or against praising Elohim as Creator.
The full scope of what King David is declaring through this prayer and his attitude and approach is first and foremost, that he will praise God, because he acknowledges and understands his makeup and that fearfully and wonderfully did God make him, and he deemed those works marvelous because he intuitively knew that he was unique, and the only one of his kind. There is only one King David, but many are we who are of the cloud of witnesses to his poured out heart; and we are influenced and inspired by His relationship with God. The King then ends the verse with his soul knows right well. The end of this verse is loaded, it is almost as if he is boasting, and even that is absolutely acceptable because his boast is in what God has done, and his soul is saying, amen! Is your soul a witness, does it say amen to what God has done and is doing in you?
Usually it brings us joy for others to acknowledge any good thing about us and we thank them. However there is nothing like the Word unveiling you to you, and your life lining up with the good it speaks.
Oftentimes, we talk to our selves or within ourselves. At these moments, who are we talking to? The Word of God is quick and powerful and feeds the soul information to activate newness of thoughts in our souls. We are talking to our souls, and giving it God's ways for prospering. King David had learned this imperative. He told and taught his soul such things as...... Bless the Lord O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His Holy name: and forget not all of His benefits. (Psalm103:1-2 KJV). The memory is an aspect of the soul that keeps memories and aids us in remembering. His soul knew right well, because he reminded his soul, don't forget all of God's benefits soul.
He asked his soul questions such as.....(Psalm 42) Why art you cast down O my soul and why are you disquieted in me? and then he encourages his soul; hope thou in God David's spirit said, for I shall yet praise Him, because He will and is the help of my countenance. I will be enabled to rejoice and be glad as I praise Him. The King's spirit took over and told his soul, hey look soul, I don't know what you are so troubled about, but I will trust in God, and I am going to praise God anyway. The Psalms are all about God and the heart of the psalmist. There is an interaction going on between the king and His God. This is a great place to live, where you pour out your heart to God and He hears your heart and replies with more revelation of who He is and who you are because of Him.
In Psalm 23, The King declares that God restores his soul. Surely grief and discouragement tries the soul, but the soul still must be a living witness of the sovereignty of the Almighty God and thank and praise Him no matter what is going on.
Unto thee O Lord, do I lift up my soul
King David knew how to yield his soul so that God could fill it with the light of who He is and who the King was in relationship with him. A soul that is operating in being the witness of God's marvelous works knows this prayer, perhaps not in the same exact words, but it knows the value of and the worth in yielding the soul to God and as a result praises spring forth like fountains of living waters, refreshing and cleansing. The psalmist in these verses did something necessary, he lifted up his soul to God.
Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day" (Psalm 25:1 and 3).
Romans 6:16 teaches and admonishes us that to whom we yield ourselves servants to, his servants we are, to whom we obey; whether of sin and death, or of obedience unto righteousness.
Music feeds the soul
Thoughts produce words, words begin and are formed in the soul realm before we articulate and speak them. God guiding the soul produces praise and that praise shifts and repositions the soul into alignment with Him.
You must understand your own formation and makeup and how God structured you, so that you will know who is talking the loudest. Is it the Godhead in entity? Is it the Word of God counseling through precepts and principles? Is it my born again spirit? Is it my ongoing transforming soul? or is it my flesh? Who is the prominent voice in our trinity? We are spirit, soul and body. The born again spirit should be the loudest of our trinity. The soul once it is informed with biblical truths bears witness with the spirit who is the functional new creation in Christ Jesus. it is because our spirits are born again that our souls can now ascend and rise up to a higher paradigm and standard of intelligence. Yes, we have an intellect and not a sintellect. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!
For instance, this is from a black perspective. The soul used to be influenced by soul music; if you are black then you know what I mean. If you are not black you were still influenced by music that affected your soul just the same, you just didn't acknowledge or call it soul music.
This kind of soul music used to give us thoughts about many diverse things and the soul at that time identified at the level we were at. The flesh benefited most from this music. Yet something different happened when we were born again, a new soul awareness through our spirit being placed under the Holy Spirit and we were activated and we now gravitate towards the things of God, and His ways for all souls to prosper in thought and in every aspect of our soul and not the world's ways, or a soulish method. A fresh new biblically spiritually informed soul came forth and now questions all the old ideas we received through the principles of the Word of God which is renewing the way we think. We have new music which influences our souls toward God, so that the soul knows right well.
Romans 12:2, tells us not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by renewing our minds, our minds are located in our souls. The influences necessary for changing the way we think are biblically noteworthy.We have and are receiving new soul food for producing thoughts that not only nourish us, but others too. The new standard set by God for old things becoming new is happening to all of us, it depends on how you choose to perceive it. We now must responsibly teach our souls how to think in harmony with God, by adhering to the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. Talking to the soul and ascertaining that it is coming into progressive revelation knowledge of who God is and who we are because of Him; so that we too can declare what the psalmist did and end it with and my soul is a living witness to what God has done, is doing and shall do, He is perfecting those things which pertains to me. It has to be a personal reality and it eradicates a poor self image apart from God.
Most of the time the beginning and ending of the referenced verse in Psalm 139:14 is omitted. King David ended this verse declaring and my soul knows right well. Does your soul know right well what this verse in its entity is saying? Is your soul a witness? Can I get a witness? Is this an experiential reality for you?
I hope and pray that it is. If it isn't yet a reality, it sure is not too late to ask your self some questions and allow the Spirit of truth to assist you in answering them all. I encourage you as an individual to make the observation of what does your soul bear witness to. Is it God's marvelousness in you or your own sense of marvel?
Who holds the key to your soul?
Is your entire soul becoming a witness?
The soul consists of, our mind/intellect, will, emotions, imagination, reasoning, conscience and memory. Does your mind and intellectual bear witness that you are fearfully and wonderfully made and that the works of God are authentic and marvelous? Or is your focus on you and what you are not humanly speaking? This verse is not really talking about you as pertaining to a natural being but you as a spirit born again from above. Who lives from above, who considers all resources obtained in the here and now from above. Remember the verse says, marvelous are thy works, and thy works refer to God. Marvelous are God's works in all of us. There isn't one of us who God's works are not marvelous through. The King just left us the premise for this type of thinking and the thoughts that travel through the mind which is a very important aspect of our souls. The reality is ours to define.
Does your will know how marvelous God's works are? Does it bear witness and have the determination of "Thy will be done", not mine, because I realize and understand that your will is better than mine. Does your will long for the linking that is necessary to interlink with the will of God in all things? There is a longing if you are a child of God, I am sure of it. It is a matter of identifying and distinguishing between God's will and our will. For it is God who is working in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure. This is a duel impartation by God, to and through us to will and to do of His good pleasure, that which delights and pleases Him.
Do your emotions feel the marvel in accordance with the joy that knowing God inspires? Are your emotions ruled by a life of thanksgiving and praise. King David found the answer in the presence of God, where he could shout and whisper his praise towards God. He found His own quiet place where he met up with God and resounding the praise in his heart. He is such an inspiration to the soul, I can truly understand why he was a man after God's own heart and could declare my soul is a living witness of the magnitude of your greatness within me. Our souls should be a witness as well of the manifold presence of God through the Holy Spirit.
Flesh will be the last to know because it is still waiting final redemption and we really don't know what we look like. The flesh used to be the one that sat on the seat of wanting to be the marvelous one but that role is reversed. We grow older and our looks fade, but our spirits and souls are renewed and refreshed every day as the flesh finds it more difficult because of all the changes it endures there is difficulty to say with confidence, I am fearfully and wonderfully made, marvelous are thy works. we look in the mirror and the reflection can stagnate that truth.Wrong mirror, look into the Word of God to see what you really look like in spirit and soul and let the flesh rest in hope in final redemption. We learn to accept what we physically look like, but we embrace what our soul is witnessing as it prospers. In this world the flesh requires too much work to dwell on it. The flesh used to be first and is now last.
Beloved, every step your soul takes towards completion by adhering to the transformation process is unfolding beauty. The soul that is yielded to God becomes a breathe of fresh air, it becomes a fragrance and not and odor. It is understanding your soul and what it needs that brings true freedom. Our souls need God, Jesus, the Word and the Holy Spirit. It needs the righteousness and sinlessness to wash away all sin and soil. We all have the potential of the psalmist in our spirits and souls to sing praises and worship, to rejoice and be glad, as we recognize God's marvelousness living in us too, say to your soul, soul, I know right well! The younger folk have a saying which you may know, they say....and you know that!
"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth" (3 John 1:2 KJV)
Travel with me from Psalm 139:14 with King David to 2 Corinthians with the Apostle Paul who says it a tad differently. Enjoy the video.
"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us" (2 Corinthians 4:7).