What we tell ourselves is important. Right? We all know the results of negative self-talk and how important it is to replace those thoughts with positive, encouraging words.
That goes for our spiritual and worship life as well. David had it figured out when he said to himself,
I don’t think this was just an intellectual exercise on David’s part. I think it was the prompting of the Holy Spirit reminding him of his need – his need to literally command himself to “Bless the Lord!” Maybe he was struggling to believe truth in a hard place. Maybe he was battling negative thoughts. But he stopped dead in his tracks and said, “Listen soul, you need to bless the Lord! Don’t forget who He is or what He’s done!” (my paraphrase).
David wasn’t the only one. Here’s some more self-talk from the psalmists:
That’s when we need to stop, and respond to the Spirit of God’s inevitable prompting to have the right kind of talk with ourselves:
Remember who your God is and worship Him! He’s who you need to see right now. He is your truth, light, hope, and peace in this place. Remember and pour yourself out to Him now. Invite His Spirit to replace your thoughts with all that He is. Confess your sin. Release your weaknesses and burdens. Give Him all that you carry and all that you are. Pour it out at His feet and soak in His presence. He is all you need. He alone is worthy of all you have to offer Him.
There are many things that can derail us on this journey of being a worshiper of our great God. Thankfully, they can all be diverted by Spirit-led self-talk. Remember who He is. Remember what He’s done. Bless the Lord!
How do you handle those “Wake up, soul!” moments?
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