Talk to Yourself

>> Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I read a quote today that I cannot get out of my head. It is by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, from his book "Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Its Cure." It is based on Psalm 42, which you can read here.

“Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them, but they start talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc.

Somebody is talking. Who is talking? Your self is talking to you. Now this man’s treatment was this; instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he starts talking to himself. ‘Why art thou cast down, O my soul?’ he asks. His soul had been depressing him, crushing him. So he stands up and says: ‘Self, listen for a moment, I will speak to you.’…

The main art in the matter of spiritual living is to know how to handle yourself. You have to take yourself in hand, you have to address yourself, preach to yourself, question yourself. You must say to your soul: ‘Why art thou cast down’– what business have you to be disquieted?

You must turn on yourself, upbraid yourself, reprove yourself, exhort yourself, and say to yourself: ‘Hope thou in God’– instead of muttering in this depressed, unhappy way. And then you must go on to remind yourself of God, Who God is, and what God is and what God has done, and what God has pledged Himself to do. (That is, constantly preach the gospel to yourself!)

Then having done that, end on this great note: defy yourself, and defy other people, and defy the devil and the whole world, and say with this man: ‘I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance, who is also the health of my countenance and my God.'"

2 people also said...:

JDRichSLP May 13, 2009 at 9:13 PM  

Wow also. Thank you for sharing...and once again of course, J Knapp comes to mind - Oh, why are you so downcast o my soul, why so disturbed within me...

Kels May 14, 2009 at 9:13 AM  

That is exactly what I needed to read this morning! Thanks for sharing-can't wait to see you this weekend!

Soli Deo Gloria