COMMAND YOUR SOUL TO REST

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

You receive notice that you are required to vacate the house due to rent arrears. The news from the doctor’s diagnosis isn’t pleasing and it sets your mind on a spin. Exam results are out, and you happen to be amongst the last. Several people have just been promoted at work and you aren’t amongst them. The job interview results are out and you are again not successful. These and many others can cause your soul to dampen and shrink within you.

Someone didn’t greet you in church. The Pastor didn’t mention your name as he was giving the vote of thanks. You were allocated the most dishonourable tasks in the event. Your siblings didn’t bother to invite you for the family meeting. Your opinions were not taken before the decisions were made. And for some, you are simply on a bad mood without any known reason.

If you don’t take great care, such circumstances can easily and quickly drive you to a state of hopelessness, anxiety, fear and further into more negative destructive emotions. Left to roam about in your soul and mind unchallenged, these emotions will run havoc in you leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Psalms 42:3 – 11

3 My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?” 4 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. 5 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.
6 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. 7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. 8 The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me– A prayer to the God of my life. 9 I will say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” 10 As with a breaking of my bones, My enemies reproach me, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 11 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.

In Psalm 42 , the Psalmist, a son of Korah, became aware of his emotional state and eventually used self-exhortation to conquer his despondent mood. He used a two-stage process i.e. questioning the value of the emotion then commanding it to change.

First the Psalmist questions the value of his present emotional state that was hindering his ability to lead the throng in the worship procession. “Why are you downcast O my soulโ€. After that the psalmist gives his soul a repeated command to change mood and perspective “hope in Godโ€ฆfor I shall yet praise Him” . This eventually causes him to triumph and function again in ministry. In other words the Psalmist did not just accept his dysfunctional emotional state but corrected it by speaking to his soul quite firmly and bringing it to a functional and biblical state.

Challenge to you; Are you able to discern your negative emotional state then instead of pampering yourself to stay therein, you challenge and command your soul to change?

Scriptures, especially the book of Psalms is full of instances where the soul/self is being commanded to: be strong, be lifted up to God, hope in God, wait silently for God, be comforted, bless God and lastly (like the rich fool) to take it easy.

We are all familiar with talking to ourselves and even with telling ourselves to cheer up. However Scripture based self-exhortation is a lot more powerful than the many motivational talks. With Scripture-based self-exhortation you empower yourself to take charge of your emotional state and to command it to change by divine authority. You use authority to mold your soul.

Yes, you can do it.

And again yes, you must do it.

Go ahead.

Blessed week!

Published by PRINCESS๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind and to set the oppressed free. Amen๐ŸŒน

4 thoughts on “COMMAND YOUR SOUL TO REST

  1. Scripture based self exhortation is different, a lot more powerful. So true, those are not just words, they carry the power of God to lift our hearts and change what we are focusing on.
    Blessings to you ๐Ÿ’™

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