Have you ever found yourself in a place where your heart feels heavy, your mind is clouded, and worshiping God seems as distant as a long-lost dream? It’s a struggle we all face at times — the tug of war between our emotions and our devotion. But here’s a thought that might spark a shift in perspective: Your spirit rejoices even when your soul is engulfed in turmoil. Yes, you heard that right.
Look at what David says,
And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD;— Psalms 35:9 (NKJV)
It shall rejoice in His salvation.
At first glance, it might seem like David, the psalmist, is talking about an effortless overflow of jubilation. But if you look closely, you’ll see a hint of something deeper — a deliberate choice to let the soul join the spirit in worship.
It’s in moments when life throws its curveballs, when despair blankets the soul, that the power of this choice truly shines. Our soul, the seat of our emotions and thoughts, doesn’t always sync with our spirit’s connection to the divine. That’s where the conscious act of worship comes into play. David’s words remind us that worship is not just a reaction to feelings; it’s an action that can transform feelings.
Have you ever tried singing a song of praise when tears are streaming down your face? Or whispering words of gratitude when frustration is simmering within? It’s not hypocrisy. Instead it’s a recognition of the duality of our being. Our spirit, the part of us directly linked with God’s presence, can rejoice even when our soul, battered by life’s storms, struggles to muster enthusiasm.
So, tap into that wellspring of joy within your spirit. Recognize that worship is a lifeline, a bridge connecting the tumultuous waves of your emotions to the unwavering foundation of your faith. It’s not about denying your feelings; it’s about elevating them through the act of worship. It’s about choosing to align your soul with the truth that transcends circumstances.
Remember, the journey of faith isn’t devoid of struggles, doubts, and tough times. Jesus even told us trouble would come into our lives. But within you resides a spirit that can rejoice even when your soul is shrouded in negativity. It’s a remarkable dichotomy that enables you to worship not only in the good times but especially in the challenging ones. So, stir up that inner celebration, and let your worship be the bridge that unites your soul with the boundless joy of your spirit.