Talk to yourself
Do you talk to yourself? Have you found yourself screaming at the TV? Have you been groaning at your phone as you scroll through social media?
I’m convinced it’s a good thing to talk to yourself. I don’t mean when you say things like: “What did I come upstairs for?” And I don’t mean mindlessly repeating positive platitudes to yourself. I’m talking about taking rock solid truth and declaring that to yourself.
As Christians, we believe the Bible is the source of that rock solid truth. And the Bible tells us to talk to ourselves, or to put it another way, the Bible tells us to remember.
Psalm 105:5 says “Remember the wonders he has done”. It’s an encouragement to remember. And that’s what most of the rest of the song is about. The psalmist remembers as he sings, he talks to himself about what God has done. He remembers God’s wonders, how God has saved his people in the past.
The psalm is written down so we can read it and remember. Remember that God saved his people in the past. And here’s the thing: all those wonderful times God saved before, well they point to God’s most wonderful saving act. When Jesus Christ, God’s son, died on the cross instead of us. He saved us from the sin and death we all deserve.
We remember God saves because God remembers his promises to save. Verse 8 of the same psalm says, “He remembers his covenant for ever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations.” When God says something, he does it. He keeps his promises. We can be sure of that.
The psalmist doesn’t just ‘remember’ as he thinks about God saving. No, he verbalises it. He writes it down for himself and for us. So let’s talk to ourselves. Let’s talk to ourselves about the good stuff. Let’s remember the gospel, the good news of God saving. Take God’s words in the Bible and speak them to yourself and those around you.
If you don’t know where to start with reading the Bible then get in touch with us and we can set you off in the right direction.
By Liam Chilton, St John’s music coordinator
Father, thank you that you speak to us in the Bible. Help me to speak your truth to myself over and over again, so that I don’t forget what you did when Jesus died to save us. Amen