Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you. Psalm 116:7
There is a long conversation that goes on inside my head (and perhaps my heart). It is the ongoing conversation of self-talk. Day in and day out I have this ongoing dialogue that is usually very dependent upon my current situation or my perception of that same situation. Many times I can hear hopelessness or failure in these not so quiet moments. Harmful self-talk causes me to identify myself by the things that have defeated me, causing me to end up in a very unhealthy place.
I think it may have been the same for the psalmist. Be at rest once more. I love considering that. I can be at rest in my soul. I know it is possible because it has happened before. Once more. Once again I long for my soul to be at rest–the same way that it has found rest before by considering all the ways the Lord has been good to me.
Self-talk which is healthy for me is the dialogue that reminds me that I have been created in the image of Almighty God and that he has created me uniquely and specially. I have dignity because my Creator has given me that dignity. He created me and he loves me–even when I was separated from him by my sin. He demonstrated his love by sending Jesus to die in my place. I have been rescued by Jesus and now all my sins are forgiven. I am no longer defined by the things that have defeated me, I am defined by the one who has given me breath and life.
Be at rest, the Lord has been good.