Too many times we’re guilty of negative self-talk. Would you believe we can make a difference in our emotional, spiritual, and physical well being by talking to ourselves?
The journal of David reminds us how he strengthened himself in the words of the Lord. When his soul was downcast, he chatted with his inner breath and penned beauty in caves and shepherd fields leaving pages of encouragement for us today.
I don’t know what kind of day he was having when he jotted down Psalm 103, but I think he must have been fairly overwhelmed with life. Like us, at times. There have been many psalms that have brought me through my day and long night.
Review your day, or the last week(s). How could it have been different if you reversed the negative by affirming yourself with a truth from God’s word? It wouldn’t change the circumstances, but it could change the way you deal with it.
Working in a doctor’s office, I am surrounded by those battling health and death, family and financial struggle, worried hearts believing a pill will mend it all.
We need hope. We need encouragement. The word hope means confident expectation and the word encouragement means to urge forward.
We can do that for one another. We can do that for ourselves.
When self says, “you can’t do this, you can’t get past this, this is all there is” . . . soul says, NOT! If we believe we can’t . . . we won’t!
So, when faith dims, make Psalm 103 your prayer . . . aloud. Speak the word of God over your health, your circumstances, your children, your life . . . and into the face of the one who is trying to bring you down, down, down.
Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget none of His benefits. He forgives all your offenses. He heals all your diseases. He redeems your life from the pit. He surrounds you with grace and compassion. He contents you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like an eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5
How did David get from I think I can to I know I can . . . I think He can to I know He can. How can we?
The shepherd-king got through his day and his life by coaching his soul, remembering the goodness and greatness of God. I’m sure in the midst of despair, he was built up by drinking in the custom designed beauty surrounding him. Believing the unlimited God.
So, take time to chat with you today while remembering the promises of this special psalm: He forgives, heals, redeems, surrounds and contents . . .
May self and soul echo good things over your life.