Monday, April 20, 2009

The Soul cannot Survive without God

In our Greek Texts class we are now undertaking translation and exegesis of Psalm 42 (41 LXX)...my soul thirsts for the living God...the God of my life. Mays, in commenting on this Psalm, writes this:

The soul cannot survive without God. That is true of every human soul, not just the deeply pious. Many or most may not understand the thirst that disturbs and drives their living, but it is there because God created the human soul to correspond to God. Where that correspondence is weakened, disturbed, or interrupted, the experience of its lack becomes like the thirst and hunger that is the opposite of being satisfied. The advantage of the psalmist is that he knows what is missing.
Psalms, Interpretation