Do You Talk to Yourself?

Do you talk to yourself? Better yet, what do you say when you mudder under your breath or sigh deep inside your heart?

We used to make fun of people who talked to themselves. The joke was—and I think it is cute—it became ok to talk to yourself as long as you didn’t answer yourself back. Time and people don’t stand still, so it became alright to talk to yourself and to answer yourself back. These days, it is a problem if you ask, “Huh?”

Now, there is an unhealthy hearing of voices and responding to them, especially if the voices tell you to do terrible things. In all seriousness, I know a good Christian psychologist right here in town that I can recommend if you know someone in this situation.

But along with others, I have noticed a wonderful characteristic of many Psalms that has added a deeper dimension to my prayers. Read through them and notice how often the dialogue is a good prayer to God but also a good ole fashioned talk to oneself, too. Here are some examples:

  • “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” (42:11)
  •  “How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all day?” (13:2)
  •  “I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; indeed, more that the watchmen for the morning.” (130:5-6)

Psalm 42 is a good one to invest an hour in. Well-known for being set to the beautiful music, “As the deer panteth by the water oh my soul longeth after thee,” it is an excellent example of both talking to God and talking to yourself at the same time.

I invite you to take a tour of the Psalms, the inspired prayers of Scripture, and drink in of the talks the writers are having. See the honest interplay; see how straightforward the Psalmists are with themselves and God; see how they almost always end up at the only place every inquiry, every struggle, every doubt, and every resolution must culminate—God.

Thank You, Father, for offering an open heart to our prayers and for providing faithful counselors and encouragers and teachers and help through the Psalms. They are sweet and practical aids in times of personal and gathered worship. Thank you letting us talk to ourselves and You at the same time—complaining, agonizing, venting, asking, and praising all at once.  

Friends in Christ, won’t you talk to yourself and The Father often—the way the Psalmists do–even with Psalmists? And then, when you talk back to yourself, perhaps they’ll be fewer “Huhs?”


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