Psalm 103:1 “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name”
If you are anything like me you may talk to yourself saying things like …’I’m such an idiot’; ‘I am fat’; ‘It’s too hard’; ‘I can’t’ ….’; ‘I am dreading….’; I will never be able to ...’.
Do you realise that you are preaching a message to yourself when you say these things? When you speak to yourself you are prophesying over your life. How often did you have a fantastic and energising day after you ‘declared’ that you had an awful sleep? Especially when you tell everyone you meet what an awful sleep you had – LOL. I can almost guarantee that you struggled through that day.
However, when we get up after a restless night and declare, ‘I didn’t have a good sleep, but I am so ready for this day’ – This is the day the Lord has made and I WILL rejoice in it – we end up having a fantastic day. Proverbs 18:21 says “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
It’s said that no one is more influential in your life than ‘you’, because no one talks to you more than you do. Declare, prophecy and preach life over your own life.
When you are afraid, do you command your soul to trust in the Lord? When you feel low or unloving, do you command your heart to bless the Lord? In the particularly difficult moments of the day, how do you talk/preach/prophecy to yourself? How do you specifically exhort yourself to hope in God?
May I encourage you to remind yourself what God has done for you?
When we command our souls to bless the Lord, we not only call to mind the things in general that are true about the Lord (Psalm 103:3-5) we follow David’s example to get our arms around concrete, unquestionable realities of God’s work in redemptive history. We lift our eyes above our own circumstances and fix it upon God’s acts of provision and deliverance in the past. We tell ourselves what God has done — in history, for us.
I encourage you dear friend to hold fast to specific truth about our God. Remind yourself regularly of what God has done for you. Find specific verses you can declare to uplift your soul and to speak LIFE to yourself. Instruct your soul to bless the Lord!
I leave you with this verse from Colossians 3:16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.