” The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the Soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy making wise the simple. ” – Psalm 19: 7.
Which is a further proof that the law of Moses is not intended: For though by it is the knowledge of sin, or conviction of sin, which often falls short conversion. Yet the Spirit of God, as a Spirit of regeneration, conversion and sanctification is not received through the doctrine or preaching of the Law, but through the ministration of the Gospel, which is designed to turn men from darkness, to light, and from the powers of Satan to God; and which use it has when it is attended with the demonstration of the Spirit and of power; See ( Romans 3: 20 ” for no one is put right in God’s sight by doing what the Law requires; what the Law does is to make us know that we have sinned.” ) or ( Galatians 3: 2 ) or ( Acts 26: 18 ” You are to open their eyes and turn them from the darkness to the light and from the power of Satan to God, so that through their faith in me they will have their sins forgiven and receive their place among God’s chosen people. ” ).
Through the words may be rendered relieving that is, refreshing and comforting the ” Soul ” as in ( Lamentations 1: 11 – 16 )
“Her people groan as they look for something to eat; they exchange their treasures for food to keep themselves alive. Look at me, Lord, the city cries, see me in my misery. Look at me! She cries to everyone who passes by. No one has never had pain like mine, pain that the Lord brought on me in the time of his anger. He sent fire from above, a fire that burned inside me. He set a trap for me and brought me to the ground. Then he abandoned me and left me in constant pain. He took note of all my sins and tied them all together; He brought them around my neck, and I grew weak beneath the weight. The Lord gave me to my foes, and I was helpless against them. The Lord laughed at all my strongest soldiers; He sent an army to destroy my young men. He crushed my people like grapes in a wine-press. That is why my eyes are overflowing with tears. No one can comfort me; no one can give me courage. The enemy has conquered me; my people have nothing left. “
Through want of bodily food, which is the case in the passage retorted to, the spirits faint and sink, the soul is gone, when by the ministration of proper food, it is as it were brought back again, as the word here used signifies, and the animal spirits are cheered and revived; And of like use is the Gospel; It is the food of the Soul by which it is refreshed and exhilarated, when ready to sink and faint away hereby it is restored and revived, comforted and nourished.