Two times the Psalmist refers to his soul as his “darling.”
I find that intriguing.
The word “darling” in the Hebrew is a word that means, “only, solitary, by implication–beloved.”
It’s the only one he has, thus it becomes beloved, precious, his darling. Sometimes lovers call each other “darling,” implying you are precious because you are my only one.
This seems out of place to say this about ourself. It sounds arrogant or selfish.
However, when you consider how many things the Bible has to say about your soul, when was the last time you thought about it?
Our body gets most of our attention. We constantly work and fight to get what it needs for health hand comfort. It has a way of consuming a life. We live as though our body were our darling.
But the Psalmist is concerned about his soul, his only one that will last for eternity.
“Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.“
Don’t worry about the body as much as the soul. Yet many chuck the soul stuff and go for the stuff of the body, which is why Jesus asks, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
The soul is precious. The soul is eternal. The body is precious in its own way, but it is also temporal, so not as precious as the soul.
Which is your life lived for?