I am one of those people who constantly ‘talk to myself.’ Yup, I admit it, I talk to myself. However, I’m aware of all that is associated with it so I refrain from doing so when I am walking the street since I don’t want anyone to be looking at me in a strange way. If I am searching for a particular thing, I would wonder out aloud where could that thing be, or didn’t I last see it here or there etc. Don’t worry though, I haven’t gotten to the place where I am answering myself so there’s still hope for me 🙂 🙂
Because of this habit it’s therefore not unusual to find me speaking words of blessing to the Lord over and over as they come up in my spirit.
One of my favorite portions of the Bible is Psalms 103. I could pray, sing, declare this Psalm all day long and it never fails to put me on a real spiritual high. I have it memorized and so many times as part of my time of prayer and fellowship with the Lord this Psalm would naturally just flow from my lips. I started to realize though that it was almost becoming an automatic recital and I wasn’t focusing on what the Word was actually saying.
Then one morning it hit me. I was almost done saying it and felt like I would just speak it all over again when I thought, hey this Psalm is telling me to speak to my soul. This Psalm is telling me to tell my soul and all that is inside of me that it should bless The Lord’s Holy name. This Psalm was telling me that I should talk to myself.
Well I almost did a dance on the street right there and then. I had no problem with that. In fact, if I remember correctly, I did a little hop when I got the revelation.
It was like my mouth speaking, my soul had been sleeping but then was jolted awake and what happened next was incredible. I didn’t care in that moment who was looking at me or how they were looking at me.
I started to talk to my soul and I said, “Soul it doesn’t matter how you feel today, it doesn’t matter how bad things went yesterday, it doesn’t matter about tomorrow, right now I am telling you to bless the Lord.”
And I said soul, no time for a pity party, I am speaking directly to you right now.
Psalm 103:1 “Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Soul, even though you are still waiting on answers to prayer don’t you dare forget all the benefits that come with serving God. Soul, don’t you dare forget the benefits of abundant life, everlasting life, good health, a loving family, and on and on.
Verse 2….Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits.
Soul, do you realize that He has forgiven ALL of your sins and healed you of ALL your diseases?
Verse 3…..Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
Soul, do you know He has kept you from destruction? He has protected you from harm and danger over and over? Are you aware my soul how He showers you with fresh merices every single day? No roll-overs or left-overs but fresh and new every morning that you open your eyes.
Verse 4…..Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,
O my soul, God has been so good to you that He constantly fills your life with good things and keeps you young and fresh. It’s not just exercise, food and beauty products, soul, it’s the Hand of the Lord that’s keeping you young and vibrant.
Verse 5….Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
I am telling you, I spoke God’s word to my soul that morning in a way that I never did before and I have never looked at that Psalm in the same light. There is no automatic rattling off any more as I am so aware of every word in it. That Word affected my whole being. I was energized in such a way that I really felt like running through a troop and leaping over a wall. My goodness, God’s word is truly spirit and life.
Friend, today, remind yourself of the goodness of the Lord.
Pause and Ponder
Wherever you are at in life, I want to encourage you to speak to your soul today and remind yourself of all you have in Christ. You may be going about your daily duties of work and home but your soul may be feeling down, discouraged or discontented. I know what I am talking about because I have been at that place. If you feel like your life is at a standstill, or at a cross-roads, then it’s a perfect time to command your soul to stand up and bless the Lord.
Lord, we thank You today that Your Word is truly all that we need. Thank You Holy Spirit for simply reminding us, to remind ourselves, of how much You love and care for us. We thank You, in Jesus name. Amen
Blessings and thank you for reading.