O My Soul
If you spend much time in the Psalms, you’ll find a lot of soul-talk. Over and over the writers will address their own souls, summoning themselves to praise. Psalm 103 starts out, “Praise the Lord, oh my soul, all my inmost being, praise his holy Name.” Or Psalm 43, “Why are you so downcast oh soul, hope in God!”
In Psalm 23 we see that the Lord restores our soul, and our worship should arise from the depths of our soul. This song is a call to worship the Lamb of God, calling our souls, our whole selves, and all nations.
The Lord is great and greatly to be praised; Psalm 66 says, “Sing the glory of his name, make his praise glorious.” We were dead in our sin, and now we are alive forever; we should then offer highest praise to our God, illustrious and dynamic praise, not mere mutter and meditation. In light of his power and love, his majesty and mercy, should we not rise and sing from the depths of our souls to the heights of heaven?
Oh my soul, rise and sing
Highest praise to heaven’s King
Boundless love has won the day
The sin of man is washed away
Who could hold a measure to the love of God? Nowhere do we see a clearer picture of his love than in the life and death of God’s own Son. Verses 2 and 3 move into the gentleness and greatness of Jesus, the Lamb and Healer who is yet the King forever. He was adored by widows and orphans and is now acclaimed by heavenly hosts. He selflessly gave his own life, and now lives to selflessly rule and redeem our lives. But even more than that, I wanted to sing about how big the scope of his work on the cross actually was. Salvation did not die just to set me free; Salvation has come to redeem the entire universe, the entire earth, and even heaven itself (see Hebrews 9).
May we never reduce the magnificence of the cross to the smallness of ourselves.
John the Baptist was the first to announce Jesus as God’s Messiah, and here’s how what he said: “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” 1 John 1:7 speaks of the blood of Jesus that “cleanses us from all sin.” Colossians 1 says we have “redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
Finally, the song looks forward to the day when every tongue and tribe will confess Jesus as Lord of Lords, when every hope is finally realized, and when the sacrificial Lamb will stand at the center of the throne as the eternal Sovereign.
Come Lord Jesus.