Yet I call this to mind, and therefore I have hope . . . “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in him.” —Lamentations 3:21, 24
Usually if we hear someone talking to themselves, we think there’s something wrong. But there is a time when it’s the right thing to do.
The author of Psalms 42–43 was in desperate circumstances. Amid his distress, he made a choice to first talk to God. Yet he also chose to talk to himself. He counseled his own heart according to what he knew was true.
Three times he said to himself, “Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:5, 11; 43:5). Why does he say the same thing three times? Because he needed it again and again and again!
He’s not the only one who needs to hear the truth often. We need it as well. Over and over again, we need to remind ourselves of the truth of God’s Word.
Make it Personal
What are some ways that you can counsel your heart today according to what you know is true?