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How to Talk to Yourself

Psalms 42:6-11 :

My God, my soul is in despair within me.
Therefore I remember you from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon, from the hill Mizar.
Deep calls to deep at the noise of your waterfalls.
All your waves and your billows have swept over me.

Yahweh will command his loving kindness in the daytime.
In the night his song shall be with me:
a prayer to the God of my life.
I will ask God, my rock, “Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
As with a sword in my bones, my adversaries reproach me,
while they continually ask me, “Where is your God?”
Why are you in despair, my soul?
Why are you disturbed within me?
Hope in God! For I shall still praise him,
the saving help of my countenance, and my God.

Sometime in the past, in my culture, it became a sign of mental problems if a person were to talk to himself. Aside from the fact that there isn't a doctor out there without mental problems, the idea that the act of simply talking to one's self is an obvious mental disorder is completely false. This psalm is one of the many places where the psalm writers encourage us all to talk to ourselves. This means that talking to ourselves can be a very good thing. What you talk to yourself about is something to pay attention to, however.

The song writer uses his music to lead us out of depression by sharing his own experience. We listen as he reminds himself about what is true about the situation that he finds himself in. He starts by reminding himself about how God had saved His people in the past. That's what happened east of the Jordan before the Israelis had crossed into the promised land. These wandering slaves actually took property away from the giants who lived in the land. That was obviously a work of God and this same God is the one that we hope in. So, the song writer starts talking to his soul. "Soul" is just another word for "self." So, he reminds himself to not be depressed or disturbed but to praise God because this God is still savior. Our hope in God is made stronger by remembering how God has saved in the past. Since He never changes, we can expect Him to save us forever.

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