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Daily Devotional - February 26th

Feb 26, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Daily Read – Leviticus 19:1-20:21; Mark 8:11-38; Psalm 42:1-11; Proverbs 10:17
 
We are familiar with the question, "Were you just talking to yourself?" At the time, we laugh it off, but in actuality, talking to yourself can prove to be quite powerful and beneficial to your soul. Throughout the psalms, the psalmist King David carries on heart to heart conversations with himself quite frequently. When he felt himself spinning out of control or falling into the depths of despair, he would literally speak to his soul (mind, will, and emotions) and tell it to shape up and get a grip.
 
The Lord gives each believer dominion and authority over all things and that most certainly includes ourselves! We not only have the right to command our soul to submit to the Lordship of Jesus, but God expects us to do so.
 
When you read the following verses, take note the struggle David enters between his soul and spirit.  Also, notice how quickly he tells himself to submit to the will of God. He literally commands his soul to "Hope in God!"
 
You may be facing some challenging circumstances in your life and as a result, you feel defeated with despair, but you have the power and authority to turn yourself around! It is time for you to sit down and have a serious conversation with yourself!
 
The next time someone asks you, "Are you talking to yourself", reply, "Yes, and it does wonders for my soul!"
 
Try it, you will like it!
 
Psalm 42
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
"Where is your God?"
When I remember these things,
I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go with the multitude;
I went with them to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and praise,
With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.
Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.
O my God, my soul is cast down within me;
Therefore, I will remember You from the land of the Jordan,
And from the heights of Hermon,
 From the Hill Mizar.
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
The Lord will command His loving kindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me -
A prayer to the God of my life.
I will say to God my Rock,
"Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?"
As with a breaking of my bones,
My enemies reproach me,
While they say to me all day long,
"Where is your God?"
Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.