What is the Desire of Your Soul?

Your name and remembrance
are the desire of our soul.
(Isaiah 26:8 ESV)

What is the desire of your soul?  Or better, who is the desire of your soul?

We speak of desiring a woman or a man.  Or desiring good food and fun.  If honest, most of us would have to admit that our chief desire is for ourselves. We pursue those things which we hope will satisfy the cravings we have.

The prophet, Isaiah, speaks about a day when the name of the Lord and his remembrance will be the desire of our soul. Our soul – that deep down, innermost part of our being. In his message, Isaiah speaks of the great benefits of this soulful desire including being kept in perfect peace.

Isaiah continues by providing us with some very descriptive terms that illustrate this desire. Pray for these descriptors to be true in your life and work diligently to make it so.

A Yearning Soul

My soul yearns for you in the night;
(Isaiah 26:9 ESV)

The dictionary defines the word yearn as meaning to have an intense feeling of loss or lack and longing for something.

  • It is intense.
  • Loss or lack implies we don’t have or we don’t fully have what we desire.
  • Yearning must have an object.

An Earnestly Seeking Spirit

My spirit within me earnestly seeks you.
(Isaiah 26:9 ESV)

Earnest is defined as showing sincere and intense conviction.

Do these definitions describe your longing for the Lord?

How you answer that question is of utmost importance. It was Jesus himself you said that the greatest commandment

 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30 ESV)