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​Self-Conversations

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Let’s face it, people talk to themselves. We don’t like to admit it, but it’s true. I confess that when I think about other people doing it, I’m pretty judgmental. It’s interesting. I judge myself by my intentions, but judge others by their actions. For instance, if I’m walking around Target asking myself, “Now, what was I here for?” or driving to the same library I've gone to for the last 4 years, asking myself, “Where am I going again?” I want some understanding. I want others to relate because they talk to themselves too. I want some mercy. I want others to understand that in this time in my life, I can’t keep a list all in my head anymore, now I have to write it down. But, if I see you at the farmer’s market talking to yourself, you won’t be judged by your intentions. Let’s just say it would be what my black family called, “The pot callin’ the kettle black” situation. I would see your actions and try not to get to close to you in the elevator. Even though I talk to myself, I’d still be thinking, “What kind of weirdo walks around talking to himself/herself?”

One of the greatest men of God had self-conversations. David, the mighty man of God, king and uniter of the Hebrew nation, shepherd, lion killer, writer of many psalms, relative of Christ, giant killer, the man after God’s own heart talked to himself! David had this habit of telling his inner self what it should do. For instance, in Psalm 42:11, when he realized his soul was feeling blue, he told himself, “Put your hope in God.” In Psalms 103:1 David said to himself, “Praise the Lord, my soul.” So if you talk to yourself, you’re not too bad off, one the greatest Hebrew leaders did too.

King David took command of his heart. There is something very interesting about David speaking to himself in Psalm 103. When he told his soul to praise God or hope in him, he wasn’t offering a suggestion. No, he commanded his heart to do it. He wasn’t asking it to. David’s life would not be a “Soul Train” where his heart led him to wherever it wanted to. No, he would lead it soul to praise. David was a warrior. In fact, Jerusalem is called the city of David because he and his mighty men took command of it. Yet, even with his outward victories, David didn’t forget to command his heart. It reminds me of what Proverbs 16.32 says: “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.”

We say David was great because his warrior skills won him a city. But he also possessed inner greatness because he took charge of his heart.

Taking inventory. In Psalm 103:2, gave the command, “Soul, remember God’s goodness!” He said to himself, “Praise God. Don’t forget where he brought you from and have an ‘attitude of gratitude’. “David led his heart to praise God and did not allow his heart to lead him. When David to charge of his heart, something amazing occurred. His soul began counting God’s blessings and broke out into a spiritual inventory for why he should be grateful.

David lived in a closer relationship with God than just about anyone alive during his time. But, Christians today have an even closer relationship with Christ because of redemption. Our list would be different, but David’s words still remind us of the blessings we possess because of salvation. David’s list is even in the present tense to show that God’s people are continually blessed. David said, “Soul bless the God”-

“Who forgives all your sins.” I can’t think of a greater parallel to what occurred when Christ brought humankind back to God. The death sentence of sin that was on our heads, was removed because Jesus took our penalty. Now, through Christ, all who trust him can have a relationship with the God.

“Who heals all your diseases.” Just like David every Christian should thank God for his healing power. Christ’s death granted pardon to all who would trust in him, but the benefit of his death didn’t end there. The Messianic passage, Isaiah 53:5, gives a reminder that through Christ Christians are both forgiven and healed.

“Who redeems your life from the pit.” Sin is like a pit is that we were born into, but we can’t lift ourselves out of it. But through Christ, sin’s power is broken from the lives of those who believe in him. Through redemption we are removed from the pit of sin.

“And crowns you with love and compassion.” The love that God has for us not only removes sins and heals diseases, but it also brings us into God’s family. 1 John 3:1 says, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”

“Who satisfies your desires with good things” When we trust Christ with our lives, he fulfills everything that we’ve ever longed for. He fills it with himself. We no longer chase after things that can never satisfy. Paul praised God because of Christ who has blessed his people “in the heavenly realm with every spiritual blessing” and “fills everything in every way (Eph. 1:3, 23).

“Renews your youth like the eagles.” True renewal is found only in Christ and by living daily in His transforming presence. Paul said it perfectly in Colossians 3:9-10 when he said that Christian’s “new self” “is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him-.”

I remember when, “Don’t get it twisted,” (you've been misinformed) was the catch phrase. David was saying to himself, “Self, don’t get it twisted. Remember God’s goodness.” We can say the same, yet with more sincerity. We can be led by the Holy Spirit. He will lead us into the worship of our Savior. We can thank Him for all he’s done. Perhaps, it is time for you to talk to yourself!

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