Finding a Soul that Swells

Photo Credit: Mikaela Hamilton

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 

Psalm 103:1 – 5

I don’t know about you, but I have this tendency to focus in on what I do not have instead of being joyfully overwhelmed with all that God has given.  And lately, I’ve noticed that my soul struggles and it shrinks when I focus on what I don’t have.

It may help to think about it like this.  Each day you and I preach sermons to our souls and often our sermons can sound something like this: My house isn’t big enough.  My cell phone isn’t up to date.  My friends aren’t kind enough.  My bank account isn’t full enough.  My marriage isn’t all that I hoped it would be.

If this is the sermon that plays throughout your day, then your soul will shrink and you will become anxious, petty, stingy and small.

But image that you preach a different sounding sermon to your soul.  Imagine that daily you say, “Okay, soul today I am going to remember God’s generosity to me.  Today I am going to remember all that God has done for me.  Today I am going to focus on the life and the salvation and the forgiveness and the kindness that God has given.  Today I am going to live in light of the reality that in Christ God has blessed me with every spiritual blessing.  God chose me.  In love he predestined me.  In Jesus I have redemption, forgiveness, righteousness, hope and heaven in my future home.  And so today I am going to tell my soul that in Jesus I lack nothing.”

If this is the sermon you preach to your soul, do you see what happens?  Your soul swells.  Your life becomes large.  God’s peace enters your heart because you remember what is true.  God has given freely and generously to you.

So here’s a question for you to consider.  What sermons are you preaching to your soul?  If your soul feels horrible today, most likely you need to change your preaching.

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