“I will give thanks to You, because I am awesomely and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”
Last night at my Bible study we were reading the end of John 8, and we had a discussion on the different uses of the word “know” used in that chapter (those versions of “know” were Greek). In the Greek, there’s two words for “know”. The first meaning knowledge of, and the second way it was used was in deeper, relational knowledge.
So, that conversation on the use of “know” led me to key in on that word in this morning’s verse.
I used my Blue Letter Bible app on my phone (I love the concordance and using it to cross reference and study the words), and what I discovered here is that it is the Hebrew word “yāda” (pronounced yaw-dah). It’s used as a verb, which I find really cool, because it means my soul is active and doing something. A lot of times, I just think of my soul as just kind of being a part of me? Like a bone, my brain, etc. It is a very living piece of us that God created to commune and be with Him. In this aspect, my soul is actively knowing God!
Looking at other ways yāda is used in the Bible and we get the following:
To know, or learn to know
To find out; discern
To know by experience
To be acquainted with
To become known
Our souls are constantly and actively learning, and at the same time actively revealing ourselves!
Lord, search me! Guide me to search Your heart. Let my soul, and my fruits be a reflection of Your love and faithfulness! Your amazing power brings light to my eyes in the mornings, breath to my lungs while I’m awake and asleep, and gives me new days, even after my mistakes and shortcomings. You love us in spite of ourselves, You paid the price for our souls, and we are marked and protected under Your gift of grace. Help me to not abuse that grace, but continually pass it to others. Father, please bless my friends in my daily life as well as those I’ve met here. Hear their prayers, their request, and answer them according to Your will. Thank You for those You’ve led into my life to teach me, guide me, and love me. You are a great God, You made each of us wonderfully, and we praise Your name above all others! Amen!