I love this little nugget. I have read Psalm 15 many, many times but this week the last part of verse 2 popped off the page. “and speaks the truth in his heart.”
“Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?” D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.
“We must learn to fight despondency. The fight is a fight of faith in future grace. It is fought by preaching truth to ourselves about God and His promised future.
This is what the psalmist does in Psalm 42. The psalmist preaches to his troubled soul. He scolds himself and argues with himself. And his main argument is future grace: ‘Hope in God! — Trust in what God will be for you in the future. A day of praise is coming. The presence of the Lord will be all the help you need. And he has promised to be with us forever.’” John Piper
When we listen to ourselves, in a sense we are like a city without walls. We take in everything. Thoughts flow through our minds undeterred. The thoughts of the world, the thoughts of the enemy, the thoughts of our flesh, others people’s thoughts shared in conversation, on the radio, on TV, and God’s thoughts. They get all jumbled together and have equal weight. In a sense it’s as if we believe “If I think it, it must be true.”
After serving 16 years full time on the staff of America’s Keswick, Diane and her husband moved to North Carolina where she continues to serve part time as a contributing writer and Partner Care Consultant. She is also a Biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.