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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Psalm 103:1-2

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.
Psalm 103:1-2

These words by David from about three thousand years ago are as poignant and practical today as they were when he penned them. This is holy self-talk—David reminding himself of the goodness of the Lord and forcing himself to rehearse the goodness of the Lord.

For many of us, our self-talk is often negative like "How can I be so stupid?" or "What's the matter with me?" or "I am just an idiot." Our sins and mistakes often crowd out from our minds anything positive that might contradict our strong feelings of frustration or grief or regret. We will tend to be controlled by what we focus on and what monopolizes our attention unless we do what David did—talk to ourselves. Tell yourself to stop and bless the Lord. Force yourself to remember the goodness of the Lord.

Psalm 103 is David's list of about 20 good things God has done for us, and we would do well to rehearse them regularly. The first benefit David lists is the one that cost God the most to grant us: He forgives all of our iniquities. This necessitated the sending of His only begotten Son to shed His precious blood and to die in our place. Forgiveness is very costly.

David rejoices by observing, "He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities….As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us" (Psalm 103:10-11).

We should really start talking to ourselves more like this. Now repeat after me: "Bless the Lord, O my soul!"

Tom Day



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