Places of discouragement and confusion and pain are very dangerous, because in such places the earthbound soul desires to reassert its feelings, its thinking and its will.
Psalm 42:5 “Soul…why are you disquieted within me?”
At such places, precisely where a mind set on the spirit is essential and where being able to hear the voice of the Spirit is critical, the voice of the soul speaks with great volume.
Psalm 42:11 “Why are you cast down, O my soul?”
I am wise if, like David in this psalm, I have learned to encourage my soul and, if necessary, tell it to be quiet.
Psalm 42:11 “Hope in God, soul, for I shall yet praise Him.”
The soul cannot captain a leaking boat out of stormy waters. Jesus spoke clearly and intentionally when He invited us to come and find rest for our souls. The redeemed soul is called to rest~~not to striving.
“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have
a body.” ~~C. S. Lewis
What C. S. Lewis said is not in conflict with what David said in Psalm 42, or with what Paul said in I Corinthians 6:19,20 and Romans 8:10.