What are you talking about…now?

30 07 2012

Way back, long before sports coaches or psychologists said it was a good idea, monitoring self-talk was considered important.  I came across this example the other day:

‘Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit.  I’ll say it again: Stay with God.’

This is self-talk attributed to King David in Psalm 27 where he lets us in on his struggles.  He has enemies who are out to get him.  We’re not told who they are, but they’re scary enough for David to pray for protection. My guess is that he had a “faith bank” that he could draw on; he had experienced God’s goodness and faithfulness to him in other tough situations, and so when the chips are down again, he knows which playlist is going to help.

Maybe a clue comes earlier:

‘When my heart whispered, “Seek God,”
my whole being replied,
“I’m seeking him!” ‘

“Seeking” isn’t a term we use very much – except in children’s games – and there’s an intensity about it that sets a challenge.  Life with God is a “whole being” deal, not just a nod in his direction now and again when I feel like it, or when “shuffle” throws him in my path.  There’s a positive choice involved – faith or doubt, staying or leaving, persevering or quitting – and I need to be prepared so that it’s easy to select the best playlist for the moment.

‘Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit.  I’ll say it again: Stay with God.’

You might like to read a modern example of choosing a God-focused playlist.  Link back to my previous post: “One day honey…” for Andrew White’s music.




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31 07 2012
Hip-hop! « moses supposes

[…] try to get our way – but despite ourselves, he wants to bless us.  How does this sit with seeking him…mmm, that’s for another time. Share this:ShareLike this:LikeBe the first to like […]

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