Talking to Yourself
Posted on September 4, 2019 by America's Keswick in Freedom Fighters
“Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!” – Psalm 103:1
It usually starts when we open our eyes, a conversation with ourselves. “Well, I might as well get up” then “What should eat?” or “What should I wear?” A preamble to manage our day. It can be a pacesetter or a stumbling block. A simple stubbing of the toe or spilling of our coffee can set the tone for the day, “I guess it’s gonna be one of those days” might precede from our mouth. Not to mention all the preconceived ideas and opinions we conger up.
Why not look to the Scriptures to see how to begin the conversation? The Psalmist David sets the tone for his thoughts by directing them towards some truths found in God’s Word. “Bless the Lord, oh my soul” is a directive aimed at a posture that will cause us to walk in reality. It’s important to align ourselves with the benefits that are bestowed upon us for being children of God. “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” is a reminder of what’s true. This idea of “Blessing the Lord” is one of bowing down and giving thanks and praise where it’s due.
The audience here is the soul, that seat of emotion otherwise known as the heart. The soul is a place of longing where it will seek to find rest. It is the filter that all of our actions are derived from. “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:24b). If we don’t dictate truth to our soul, it will latch itself to things it thinks will satisfy. The lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eye and the pride of life are right there to fill in the gaps. It is something that we ourselves cannot satisfy, only the true Owner knows how to do that. Psalm 107 takes us down a path of confusion and turmoil before finding its resting place,
They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way;
They found no city to dwell in.
Hungry and thirsty,
Their soul fainted in them.
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
And He delivered them out of their distresses.
And He led them forth by the right way,
That they might go to a city for a dwelling place.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
So start the day off right, have a nice conversation with your soul. Allow God to take care of that which belongs to Him. Amen!
Written By Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, and serves with her as full time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: How you begin your day will frequently determine how you end it. – Woodrow Kroll
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. – Psalm 139:13-14
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.