Pastor’s Blog: Talking to Ourselves

Psalm 103:1-5

“Bless the Lord, O my Soul”

I’m one of those people who talks to themselves. And like many of you, I have been caught talking to myself.
When caught talking to myself, I often reply it’s because, sometimes I’m the only one that will listen.
Practically speaking, it’s because my mind works best when I talk it out, audibly, so I can hear what I am working through. I can think through my lists best when I talk through my lists.
If the truth is to be known, we all talk to ourselves a bit every now and again. We shouldn’t be all that embarrassed when caught. We all do it. So did some of the greatest people in history.
Biblically speaking, we know of one man who talked to himself. He was the Holy Spirit inspired writer of much of the book we call the Psalms. Psalm 103 is prima-facie evidence that David was a man that conversed with himself, especially when thinking about God.

While we cannot know exactly the situation that prompted David to pen Psalm 103, I like to surmise a bit.  We all face highs ad lows in our lives.  Truth be told, situations face us that are downright unpleasant.  It is during those times that an attitude of gratitude is most needed.  While we may be in a valley at that moment, God has done much in our life.  We need to tell ourselves of these truths.  Reminding ourselves of what God has done, in real time, will help us move out of the valley.

David Points to 5 things God has done for him.  They are the same for us as well

  1. Forgives Iniquity.  God is the one who provides forgiveness to everyone who asks.  This is forgiveness for every sin past, present, and future.  In verse 12 he tells us what the extent of that forgiveness looks like “As far as the east is from the west”  This is not points on a compass.  It is infinity, east and west never meet.
  2. Heals Disease:   Both body and soul.  David is pointing out that God does in-fact heal us.  Our souls can be healed when we trust in Christ for salvation.  Every day our bodies undergo healing.  Every day that we are alive to live for Christ it is because he has sustained us and strengthened our bodies through his providential care for us.
  3. Redeems from destruction:   He saves us from death.  He spares us from death.  Think about all the things that you do that expose you to bodily harm.  Driving a car is a perfect example.  Yet you drive day in and day out, most often safely.
  4. Crowns you with lovingkindness:   John 3:16 is not just a poster to display at sporting events.  God demonstrated his own love toward us in that while we  were yet sinners Christ died for us.   We know God’s love by looking to the cross of Jesus Christ.   Nothing can change that.  He should have let humanity die and face judgement. Instead he chose to provide a way for salvation.
  5. Satisfies your mouth with good things:   Every meal you share. Every new article of clothing you get to enjoy.  The building you live in.  These are all gifts from God.  Something to be enjoyed. Something to be shared.

There is an old hymn “Count your blessings”    It’s words are timeless and remind us again, like David, we need to tell ourselves these truths.  This is the best form of personal communication we can engage in.

When upon life’s billows
You are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged,
Thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings,
Name them one by one,
And it will surprise you
What the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings,
Name them one by one,
Count your blessings,
See what God hath done!
Count your blessings,
Name them one by one,

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