Sometimes talking to yourself is a sign of insanity. At other times there couldn't be a more sane thing to do. The psalmist here teaches us by example that there are times we find our souls sluggish and apathetic. And at those times we have to exhort them to worship God. When was the last time you found yourself in one of these situations?
- The monotony of a set schedule wore down your ability to notice God's work in your life.
- You were so busy that you just didn't have time to consider the things of God or the person of Christ.
- A spiritual cloud settled over your soul bringing a darkness that robbed you of the desire to worship.
- A time of prosperity came, and in your comfort you found your awareness of spiritual things diminish.
It is in these times and others that the Christian, after doing some honest soul searching, must fuss at his own soul. "Get up, soul!" you must say. "Look to God and his Christ! See his holiness, his worth, and his works! Bless him! Praise him!" You may need to say it out loud, but say it you must. A sluggish soul needs gospel preaching and there are times where you must be the one to do it.
Maybe that is where you are this afternoon. Before the day is done, look to Christ and exhort your soul, "Bless the Lord!"