Dear Soul, Forget Not

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 103 : 1-5

To be honest, my heart doesn’t feel like worshiping God right now. I’m not proud of it, but at the moment, I feel frustrated that my sovereign God has not answered a prayer that I have been voicing to Him for weeks now.

I hear the doubting voices in my head. “That’s because He can’t answer.” “That’s because He won’t answer.” “That’s because you aren’t doing what you are supposed to do.”

I could easily find myself sinking further and further into my own self-pity.

Psalm 103 should be tattooed on my forehead.

We can see all over the Psalms that David dealt with a similar issue.  When God didn’t seem to hear or answer David’s prayer, David wrote Psalm 103 to…himself.

Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
Psalm 103 : 1-2

Instead of turning inward and giving up on God, David decided to use his knowledge of God to speak to his own forgetful, sinful heart.  David ‘preached the Gospel to himself’.  

To preach the gospel to yourself, then, means that you continually face up to your own sinfulness and then flee to Jesus through faith in His shed blood and righteous life.
— Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace

In Psalm 103, David reminds himself...

1.    To worship his glorious God (vs.1).
2.    To remember what God has done in the past (vs.2-5).
3.    Who exactly God is.

Who is our God, according to David’s heart reminder?
-    He is holy (vs.1).
-    He is a gift Giver (vs.2).
-    He forgives our wicked sins (vs.3).
-    He is Healer (vs.3).
-    He saves His people from destruction (vs.4).
-    He graciously bestows love and mercy (vs.4).
-    He is more than enough; He satisfies (vs.5).
-    He gives new life (vs.5).

So what does this mean for me, today, in my discouragement? It means that although my sinful heart pulls the other way, I will follow David’s example. I will 'preach the Gospel' to my heart. I will remind myself of God’s grace and remember that His ways are not my own (Isaiah 55:8).

The beauty of it all is if I reflect on these attributes of God that David shows us, my heart will change. Even if He doesn’t answer my prayers in the way that I’d like, I will find myself truly fulfilled in Him. I will be reminded that I get to have a relationship with a God who loves me and will never leave me. He has a bigger plan than anything I can imagine. There is truly is hope in Him.

I just need a reminder from time to time.

See you in the Round!
Ashley

For more info on preaching the Gospel to yourself, see the following resources:
Preach The Gospel To Yourself article on girltalkhome.com
How to Preach The Gospel To Yourself article on girltalkhome.com

Special thanks to Julie Workman for teaching this passage to my heart.

 

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