Lately I’ve been feeling a disconnect that I haven’t been able to put into words. As I read Psalm 77, I can relate to verse 3, “I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained and my soul was overwhelmed.” I turned to Don Kelso’s The Psalms and read this:
“The psalmist tells of a past time of deep despair over which he has already had victory when he writes, “I…was troubled; I complained and my spirit was overwhelmed” (vs 3). He was distraught because of the six questions asked in verses 7-9. He couldn’t sleep – he couldn’t even talk! His root problem came from communing with his own heart instead of God.
I realized I had been asking some of those questions in vs 7-9 and found some of my thoughts and feelings were rooted in amnesia and discontent. Feelings are unreliable and my thoughts aren’t always aligned to truth. I was communing with my heart not the truth from the Word of God or the Holy Spirit.
I have had a past time of deep despair, I have the victory but I had become troubled and overwhelmed again. When Dave asked me to tell him my thoughts I had no words to explain it properly. I wasn’t explaining it to the Lord either. I was only talking to my heart which is above all things deceitful.
Today are you talking to yourself or to the Lord? You won’t get the right advice, direction, answer, etc., from talking to your heart. Instead, talk from your heart to the One who knows your heart.
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.