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Talking to ourselves this Easter

Posted by Stephen Witmer on March 26th, 2015

Good Friday and Easter are coming very soon now, and it’s a good time of year to be talking to ourselves.

We all talk to ourselves every day, whether out loud or silently. We’re always telling ourselves something — complaining, worrying, chastising, gloating, whatever. I was reminded last night when our Life Group studied Psalm 103 that it is important to be saying good things and true things and God-glorifying things to ourselves. David begins Psalm 103 this way:

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

In these verses, David is talking to his own soul! He’s telling his soul to bless the Lord and remember his benefits, and he’s enumerating God’s benefits for the sake of his own soul. He’s not just listening to the worries and anxieties his soul naturally expresses. He’s taking his soul in hand and proclaiming truth to it.

There’s no better time of the year, as we contemplate Good Friday and Easter, to be speaking gospel truth to our worried, fretful, tired, complaining, disconsolate, insecure souls. Let’s take our souls in hand and remind them, gently but firmly, not to forget all the benefits of the Lord.