2018-11-05 - A Spiritual Pep Talk
Talking to yourself is okay. How can it not be, when the author of Psalm 43 eloquently tells himself to stop being depressed, and to trust in God. "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 43:5 ESV)
I wish I knew of this Psalm when I was younger. When I was growing up, my grandmother was very embarrassed concerning my habit of talking to myself, or more accurately, thinking out loud. Had I known of this Psalm then, I wonder if my grandmother would have minded the quality trait.
Too often, the demands and wrongs of life can divert our attention to how glorious God is. The Psalmist of Psalm 43 praised the Lord before things turned around. While circumstances were still crummy, the author glorified God. Instead of praying and asking God to take away the obstacles, the psalmist asked for God's truth to guide him, and wanted to spend time with God. May we also make God a priority, may we see the difference He makes.
Lord, Thank You that I can tell You exactly what's on my mind and heart. Please show me Your plans, and show me where I'm to go and how I'm to get there, so I don't miss Your will. In the name of Jesus' I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.