The Lord, The Companion of Your Soul
Need a companion for your soul, a divine soul-mate? Then look to the Psalmist David, who looked to the Lord and cherished HIM with the proclamation: “O GOD, thou art MY God” (Psalm 63:1). Then, when David knew who God was as the fulfillment in his life, he said “My lips shall praise thee,” and for good reason: “Because thy lovingkindness is better than life” (v. 3). His life touched by the love of God was exactly what he needed at that particular chapter in his life’s story. God’s timing was perfect, and so was David’s as he said, “Early will I seek thee.” He knew that he needed to be found in HIS life when death came knocking at his front door. David was being hunted down by Absalom, his son, who was stealing the kingdom from him. David needed God’s divine intervention to take care of him that day. The book of Job tells us that sustaining life is found in a close relationship with your Lord: “In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of mankind” (12:10). Need a fresh, new breath of air because of evil’s pollution affecting your life today? Need a companion for your life in a world haunting your soul? Well, life lived in the presence of God is more than possible, IT is personal and powerful: “According as his divine power hath given us all things that pertain unto life” (2 Peter 1:3). A. T. Robertson gives us precious insight concerning that powerful, life-giving verse: “Here are words of wisdom, all ready to be experienced for life in the soul. Seeing that his divine power hath granted us all that pertains to (to the advantage of, with regard to) life.” The blessing comes to the one who has the Lord chosen as his divine companion in life. “The LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be WITH thee he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not neither be dismayed” (Deuteronomy 31:8). It’s time to “Companion Up!”
Back to David, and his need for the Companion of his soul, namely his “God” and proclaiming HIM so, as “my God” (v. 1). God gave him wisdom in responding to his trouble: instead of his trial making his heart distant from God, his need brought him closer to the Lord: “My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee” (v. 1). And David sought HIS GOD “early” because he needed to “see thy power and thy glory” EARLY (v. 2). There was a powerful and glorious life to be released by divine power as he sought that close relationship with his Lord during his time on the run. And the Lord gave David exactly that as HE companioned with him. David’s response: “I will bless thee while I live and my soul shall be satisfied … and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips” (vs. 4, 5). Imagine that, no bitterness or blame-shifting coming from this man, now changed and transformed; rather, blessing, praise and joy coming from a heart made anew, no longer disillusioned by difficulty. It was now all a matter of “MY GOD” being the “My Companion” in “My Soul” bringing new life IN him, when there was really no viable life around him. Then, David gives us all some spiritual motivation: If the Lord is the One giving him giving power in difficulty, he was then committed to stick with the Companion of his soul; knowing his “down days” are transformed into “up days” when the Lord MAKES HIS DAY. Then, so be his motivation ours as well: “My soul followeth hard after thee” with the Lord’s “right hand upholding me” (v. 8). So, need some new, sustaining life in your soul today? Once again, look to David, who looked to the Lord, and allow HIM to be the Divine Companion for your soul.