Psalm 121:7-8 – The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Today we often choose foods that have “No Artificial Preservatives,” because we have learned that many if not all such things can be very bad for our health. All manner of diseases may result from a diet heavy in these inorganic chemicals. Instead we are encouraged to eat fresh fruits and vegetables combined with proteins that have not been raised with excessive hormones with a moderate amount of salt to avoid the pitfalls of all the chemicals that our bodies are not designed to handle.
What about out souls? Are they affected by artificial preservatives? I believe so. People substitute all manner of worldly philosophies and distractions in the stead of a right relationship with God and hope in Him. Our Scripture today tells us that the Lord will preserve His people.
He is the Good Shepherd, and we are the sheep of His pasture (John 10:11-16; Psalm 95:6-7). He cares for us in a way that no one in the world can. His love cannot be compromised or taken away. Why do we look elsewhere for help and solace? For the same reason that we eats foods we know are bad for us. Foolishness. Sin. Any number of bad reasons.
God loves us with an everlasting love. Therefore, we should love Him and His word as the preservative of our souls.
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man (Colossians 4:5-6).