Psalm 103: 1 – 3 —– Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.
Do you talk to yourself?
When you are fearful, do you command your soul to trust in the Lord? When your affections are low, do you command your heart to bless the Lord? Did you know that “no one is more influential in your life than you are because no one talks to you more than you do?”
In the particularly difficult moments of the day, how do you talk to yourself? How do you specifically exhort yourself to hope in God?
Sin, pain, or sorrow can blind us to God’s present working and, occasionally, even the miraculous ways He has worked in our lives in the past. And while we might argue with our journal or with our memory, God’s work in redemptive history is unassailable.
Exodus 6: 6 – 9 brings us back to Sinai when the Lord worked powerfully and victoriously and decisively to redeem his people out of Egyptian bondage.Wemust constantly remind ourselves of all the times God demonstrated His covenant-keeping love.
In the fight to command our souls to bless the Lord, we not only call to mind the things in general that are true about the Lord, we tell ourselves what God has done — in history, for us.
When you’re talking to yourself, are you reminding yourself of what God has done for you in Christ Jesus? Do you have specific texts with which you exhort your soul? When the days are darkest, don’t let your soul take command. Summon your soul to bless the Lord.
Find specific texts by which you can fight the fight of faith — Mathew 28: 20, Hebrews 13: 5 -6 and John 10: 7 – 18 are some of the scriptures that will help you.
In moments of difficulty, trials and troubles reminded yourself constantly of who God is and what God has done for you and for the world. Latch on to a particular scripture and you will see that it has a great impact in your life.
God is the reason why even in pain, I smile, in confusion, I understand, in betrayal, I trust and in fear, I continue to fight.