Read Psalm 62:5-8. 5For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. 6He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 7On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. 8Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.
Verse 5 repeats verse 1 with one subtle change. Here David is talking, not to others, but to himself. Why? Because preaching to your own soul is the only way to win the day-to-day spiritual battle in your mind and heart. The result of this self-talk is seen in the change from the partial confidence in verse 2 – I shall not be greatly shaken – to the full-blown confidence of verse 6 – I shall not be shaken.
What does your self-talk sound like? What counsel are you giving yourself? Do you preach the gospel to yourself regularly? What hope do you remind yourself of in times of stress or even success? Is it your union with Christ and the glory awaiting us in the fullness of his presence?
The more we are able to quiet our own souls with the gospel, the more we can then preach the gospel to others – Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. When YOUR salvation, glory, rock, and refuge is the indwelling life of Jesus, when you have found rest in to live is Christ, then you can help others to find hope in OUR refuge, the same Christ.
Prayer. Jesus, I need to preach the gospel to myself first and then to others. I need to tell myself to wait rather than worry. Help me. Amen.
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