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    Talking To Ourselves

    March 25, 2019 Lori Henry


         Many people talk to themselves!  We've heard it said many times that it is ok, as long as you don't also answer yourself too!  I remember being in a store one time, and there was a man in the shoe isle, and he was holding a full blown conversation and nobody was around!  I kind of lurked nearby and curiously watched him.  I was a little leery of him, thinking he had mental problems, and was relieved when I finally realized that he had a blue tooth device in his ear, and that he really was talking to someone...not himself!!  
         I've been studying Psalm 42 for a few weeks.  It is a Psalm written by David, and do you know that David "talks to himself" in this Psalm?  David was riding out a storm.  He talks about his tears being his meat day and night.  He talks about scoffers asking him, "Where is your God?"  
         In verse 5, David begins to counsel himself.  Three times (also in chapter 43:5), he asks, "Why are you cast down, O my soul? "  Do you know that the word "cast" has to do with sheep?  This is an old English shepherd's term for a sheep that has turned over on its back and can't get up again without help!  The sheep that is "cast down" is frightened and frustrated, and if the shepherd doesn't come to help it up within a short time, that sheep will die.  
         David obviously knew a lot about sheep!  We do not use the term "cast down" any more.  Most of us, without careful study, wouldn't know the significance of that term, but David did.  While checking his flock, he likely came upon sheep that were cast down, and surely he ran to their rescue before it was too late. David compared himself with the struggling and fear that he had witnessed in the sheep when they were on their backs helpless, and ready to give up!  David also asks his soul, "Why are you disquieted in me?"  Disquieted means to be agitated, upset, disturbed and unsettled.  Once cast down, this is how the sheep feels, and this is how David was feeling.
         David begins to remind himself to hope in God through the hard times.  David knew that Christ has the same compassion for cast men and women as he himself had for his cast sheep!  Just a few chapters later in the Bible, Psalm 46:1 tells us that "God is a very present help in trouble."  His watchful eye is ever roaming for the sheep in trouble.  Psalm 56:13 tells us, "For you have delivered my soul from death: will not you deliver my feet from falling that I may walk before God in the light of the living?"
         Does God see when we are cast down?  2 Cor. 4:8-9 tells us, "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken, cast down, but not destroyed."  Cast down, but not destroyed!  David was giving himself a pep talk!  When things are seemingly at their worst, we usually focus only on the bad, but taking a lesson from David, we need to remind ourselves of God's care and goodness to us!
         What is the good?  We have a Good Shepherd that is watching over us.  Nothing can happen to us without His permission.  He has not relinquished His throne!  We are not always going to have things easy as Christians, but we can be assured of God's presence.  
         David also wanted to praise God and glorify Him for his help.  Do we glorify God during our hard times?  Or do we have a bad attitude and complain?  David knew that many people were watching him.  He knew the importance of being a good witness and testimony of God's goodness to him.  We can do the same!
         Cast down?  Maybe.  Destroyed?  No!  If you are one to talk to yourself, tell yourself these things


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