If you’ve ever found you’re talking to yourself then you are in good company. A read of the Psalms and you’ll find references to King David speaking to his soul. But while I might have caught myself mumbling about the need for a coffee or questioning myself as to why did I walk into this room, King David shows more intentionality with his soul talk.
David’s life had its ups and downs, highs and lows. There were the threats to his very life, the problem with sin and its consequences, battles lost, to list just a few. And when we turn to the Psalms where he pours out his heart and expresses his vulnerability we find a key to pressing in with God. Frequently David is found to be telling his soul to worship God, to remember all that God has done for him, to be at rest. It’s a key that moves him past troubles, to take the focus off what is troubling him and magnify God in the situation. As David encouraged his soul to focus on God we see that his strength, his hope is restored.
When we focus on God, when we turn to Him for encouragement, we find that strength comes, hope returns and our soul can be at rest.
“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, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.” (Psalm 103:1-5)
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.” (Psalm 42:10)
“Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. (Psalm 146:1-2)