Do you ever talk to yourself? I know that I do occasionally. Today, I heard a sermon entitled O My Soul. It was a contrast of two people in the Bible that had a conversation with their souls. The first is the rich man in Luke chapter 12.
Luke 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Verse 19 tells us what this rich man said to his soul. This rich man apparently had a false sense of security from his abundant wealth and deceives himself into thinking that everything is alright because all his financial ducks are in a row. The Epicurean philosophy of eat, drink and be merry which was common and prevalent at this time was what this man embraced. It’s still around in our present culture, and many people are lying to themselves in the exact same manner as this rich man. There is something about monetary prosperity that can deceive people into having a false concept of well being. It’s not impossible to be wealthy and serve God, but the Bible does speak in other places of the deceitfulness of riches. (Mark 4:19, Luke 12:15)
On the other hand, we can take a look and see what the Psalmist said to his soul.
Psalm 103:1 A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
103:4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
103:5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
David is telling his soul to bless the Lord. In verse 2 he talks about not forgetting all the benefits that God gives us, and he goes on to list some of them in verses 3 through 5. The enemy of our souls would love for us to forget the things that God has done for us. Sometimes in the midst of a struggle or trial, it can be easy to forget God’s goodness to us if we begin to focus too much on the present circumstance. During these times it would be good to stop and consider the things that David said to his soul.
God forgives all of our sins when we come to Him in repentance. What a great blessing this is! I don’t know about you, but sometimes I mess up. I’m glad God is not standing there waiting to bop me on the head. Many times I John 1:9 has been a comfort to me.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
God is a healer! Although He does not heal everyone that comes to Him for healing, He is certainly able to do so. Sometimes there is a purpose in our sickness(as in the case of the apostle Paul), but we can still trust God that He knows best. If in His wisdom, He sees that a physical healing is the best thing for us, He will bring it to pass.
God redeems our life from destruction! If we receive His salvation, we can be saved from eternal destruction in the lake of fire and have a hope of living with Him forever in a heavenly place.
God crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercies. If we really stop and think about it, we can see ways every day in which God has been loving, kind and merciful to us.
I think David gave us some good truths that we can speak to our souls, truths that will help us to keep ourselves in the love of God. The next time I’m feeling discouraged and my soul needs a good talking to, I pray the Lord will bring this to my mind(and yours too).