25th May 2017

Talking to Yourself

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”
Psalm 42:5 & 11 (ESVUK)

When I wake up in the morning I often just lie there and listen to the radio for a while and catch up with what the world has been up to whilst I slept. After all, I don’t actually have to get out of bed immediately—the universe will not collapse if I don’t. But there’s a day waiting to be lived in, so however reluctant I may feel to prise myself up, I eventually say to myself, “You’ve got to get out of bed.” Amazingly it works—I always obey my own instructions and promptly get up.

Now before you quote a saying that talking to yourself is the first sign of madness, either I am in good company or the Psalmists were mad, too. In Psalm 42 the writer tells himself twice not to be troubled or dismayed, but to hope in God, and it’s repeated in the very next psalm too. In Psalm 103,104 and 146 the authors record their conversations, encouraging themselves to bless and praise God. The composer of Psalm 116 advises himself ‘to return to your rest,’ after experiencing God’s intervention in his life.

In good times we may just forget and need to remind ourselves of God’s blessings. At other times, our own thoughts and feelings may be leading us a merry dance into negativity, doubt, depression or just plain self-centredness; making nonsense of what is true and real. Talking to yourself isn’t about ‘pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.’ It’s reminding ourselves of the truth; and that there are reasons to praise, reasons to hope, and reasons to rest in God. If the Psalmists talked to themselves, then it seems to be a good idea.

Father, enable us to stand back from our own concerns and distractions and remind ourselves of your ever-present presence, of your love and help for us, your children.

Study by Hilary Buck


About the Author:
Hilary Buck pastors Grace Communion in Lewes. Like us on www.facebook.com/GCLewes

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilaryjbuck@gmail.com

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