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."