What the Soul Longs For
Question from a visitor:
What does the soul long for?
Response from Christian Data Resources:
Thank you for your question. Basically, the soul longs for
God (Psalms 143:6); i.e., the very presence of God (Psalm 84:2), as well
as His salvation (Psalms 119:81). While our enemies persecute
us (Psalm 143:3), our souls long for the peace that only God can provide (Psalm 120:6).
Interestingly enough, in this life (short of being in God's presence in
heaven), His presence and peace comes to us through our
obedience. Psalm 119:20 says, "My soul is crushed with
longing after Your ordinances (laws / commandments) at all
times." Isaiah 26:9 says, "At night my soul longs for
You. Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For
when the earth experiences Your judgments, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness."
In other words, it is through God's laws and judgments that we learn
righteousness and obedience, satisfying the longing of our
soul. Proverbs 13:19 says, "A longing fulfilled is sweet to
the soul, but fools detest turning from evil."