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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Parnell

Talking to Yourself for Exhortation (Psalm 103:5-7)

Who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. ⁶The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. ⁷He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. —Psalm 103:5-7

Ryan Griffith, Assistant Professor of Christian Worldview at Bethlehem College and Seminary, has written some commentary on Psalm 103. He makes two observations from the passage about how David “talks to himself” and turns them into exhortations: "First, remind yourself of what the Lord has done. Second, hold fast to a specific truth about the Lord."

He asks:

Do you talk to yourself?

I don’t mean when you’re wrestling through your taxes or walking through your to-do list. But do you talk yourself, really? When you are fearful, do you command your soul to trust in the Lord? When your affections are low, do you command your heart to bless the Lord? As Paul Tripp is fond of saying, “no one is more influential in your life than you are because no one talks to you more than you do.”

In the particularly difficult moments of the day, how do you talk to yourself? How do you specifically exhort yourself to hope in God?

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