The Columns – May 2016


Psalm 103: 1-5 – “Bless the Lord, o my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, o my soul, and do not forget 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, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

I was in my office a few months ago when a friend of mine walked by. She couldn’t help but stop right at the entrance of my office when she heard me talking to someone. She slowly peeked inside my office, quickly scanned the room, and began to realize that I was “chatting it up” with none other than myself. I talk to myself out loud quite a bit, actually. I especially talk to myself when I’m trying to get several things done in a short amount of time. However, you will be relieved to hear that I do not answer myself – at least not as of yet.

If we’re honest, we probably all talk to ourselves to some extent. Some of us are goofy like me and speak audibly to ourselves, but everybody talks to themselves internally. Would you believe that nobody has a greater influence over you than you? If that is so, shouldn’t we at least learn to speak to our hearts in a way that leads to life? We may discover powerful moments of rising up above our circumstances, far above what we can see in the natural, and we will learn to choose, trust and follow Jesus. Daily, we need to be aligning our hearts with the very words of God. We need to remind our souls why we choose to bless the name of God, regardless of what comes our way. Getting our hearts and minds fully in sync with God takes intentionality and perseverance, but it is absolutely necessary. And as most things work with God, the blessings that come from fully abiding in His presence and adopting His thoughts and heart far outweighs all else.

It is my solemn prayer that our sole desire is to always bless the Lord with our entire being. Even on the days where joy and hope seem to be far from us, may God grant us the desire and strength to breathe life into our circumstances by speaking words of absolute truth. And, above all, may we never lose sight of the authority and power we’ve been granted through Christ Jesus to claim the victory that is ours over ALL things. For if our Savior has overcome the world in its entirety, we are indeed victors with Him. So go ahead and talk to yourself, but make sure you are speaking God’s truth to your heart.

God, give us great wisdom and incredible boldness to see and know who You are with each step we take. Guide our words, soften our hearts, and help us to bless Your beautiful name with every bit of our souls for all of our days. Amen.
“Bless the Lord, o you His angels, you mighty ones who do His bidding, obedient to His spoken word. Bless the Lord, all His hosts, His ministers that do His will. Bless the Lord, all His works, in all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, o my soul.” – Psalm 103: 20-22

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