Have you ever heard someone talk to themself aloud? Maybe you’ve talked to your computer or mumbled under your breath in frustration. Perhaps you stand in front of the mirror and practice to build your confidence before you make a presentation or have a serious conversation.
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
– Psalm 103:1-2 NIV
David, the Psalmist, addressed his soul directly. In the verse above, he gives the inner person a task – “Soul, praise the Lord! Oh, and don’t forget all he’s done, too!”
In Psalm 42:5, David asks himself a question – “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?” (NIV). Then he tells himself what to do – “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:6 NIV).
The words you say are important because your soul is listening.
Don’t beat yourself up with negative talk. You are more than a conqueror, created in the image of God. As a Christ-follower, you are made new. You can use positive self-talk to encourage yourself in the Lord, as David did.
The words you say to yourself are important because your soul is listening. Tell yourself the truth by speaking God’s Word to your soul.
Today’s One Thing
Use soul speak today by reminding yourself, like David did, to look beyond whatever is troubling you and hope in the Lord. Read Psalm 42 and follow David’s example in your quiet time with the Lord today.