Awake My Soul

We might wonder what King David was thinking when he wrote these words, “Awake my glory, my inner self” (Psalm 57:8). Was he worrying about how to escape from King Saul without losing any more men? Or maybe he wondered why it was taking so long to claim the kingdom for himself? Perhaps David just felt tired from all the battles and needed God to encourage him.

At GateWay, we often see women who are just tired of all the battles. They’ve been beaten down by life and traumatized by experiences they never imagined would knock at their doors. They’ve been shocked by how the addictions of their loved ones personally affected them and the family unit. They’ve tried to hide behind their woundings so that no one could see how much they’ve been hurt.

But when they face the truth and become aware of the damage that’s been done, they begin to step forward and pray with David, “Awake my glory, my inner self.” As these women journal their thoughts or enter into emotional healing prayer or join one of our groups or set up appointments for counseling or experience one of our retreats – they begin to discover the inner self, the women God created them to be.

All of us need an occasional wake-up call. When our souls awake, then we begin to slough off the junk that has kept us from being genuine. The walls we have built around ourselves begin to come down, and we experience our own Jericho earthquakes. As we wake to the women God created us to be, we are empowered to reach out to our world and thus, glorify God.

Then we can echo David’s words in Psalm 57:9 as we “…Give thanks to Thee, O Lord, among the peoples.”