To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
When I am able to truly lift up my soul to God, I find peace and joy. Why do I not do it more?
It seems to be appropriate in many circumstances. In hardship, I should lift up my soul to the one who loves me and cares for me. In joy, I should lift up my soul to the one who has provided for me and given me good gifts. In sorrow, I should lift up my soul to the one who can comfort me.
In temptation, I should lift up my soul to the one who can help me escape and lead me into his peace. In guilt, I should lift my soul to the one who can truly forgive and restore me.
I love the simplicity of lifting up my soul to the Lord. What does that really mean? I'm not sure I'm qualified to describe it, but I would say it means putting faith in God, believing that he is good and he is able to help. It demands a certain level of honesty, to drop any pretense and be willing to come before God as we are, and that means dropping pretense we have with ourselves as well.
It also means focusing on God and who he is. So often my focus is drawn back to myself, to my own flaws or virtues, and lifting my soul up to God means looking him instead. What a relief! When you see God clearly, in all his goodness and glory, how can you not worship?