“Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty.” (ESV – Read the chapter)
One of the things popular in sports psychology is self-talk. How we talk to ourselves can affect how we perform, and not just in sports. Folks with a positive conversation going on in their minds and hearts will tend to do a bit better in life on the whole than folks with a negative conversation going. Constantly telling ourselves we’re no good isn’t terribly helpful. When we can point our hearts to hope instead of doubt, faith instead of fear, joy instead of gloom, we will be better off than otherwise.
Well, our spiritual self-talk is important as well. Here and in a number of other places in the Psalms, we see the psalmist calling his own soul to bless the Lord. Have you ever done that? Called yourself to bless and praise the Lord? While this act in and of itself is worthwhile–it would not have been included in so many psalms were this not so–the bigger idea of positive spiritual self-talk is worth practicing.
What do you think about when you think about God? G.K. Chesterton, the early 19th century British author and journalist argued that this is one of the most important things about a person. So, what do you think about? Do you think thoughts of guilt and judgment? Or do you think thoughts of praise and adoration? Do you imagine a God who loves you endlessly, or one who is unfailingly upset with you? Is God someone who is interested in your life for the good, or someone who is mostly disinterested except to watch you slip up so He can pounce? How do you talk to yourself about God?
If your spiritual self-talk needs a lift, try to approach offered here. Call yourself to bless the Lord. Look for reasons to praise and adore Him. If you need some help, the rest of the psalm here offers a whole litany of reasons that come from simply looking outside at the world God has made. He is great and glorious and the witness of John in Revelation reveals that there is always a chorus singing His praises around His throne. The more we can take part in this the better. Say it with me, then: Bless the Lord, O my soul!