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Talking to Yourself (Psalm 119:52)

I have remembered Your ordinances from of old, O Lord, and comfort myself.
Psalm 119:52

It is an interesting concept that the psalmist comforts himself. Let’s face it, we all talk to ourselves. It may be in the quietness of our own mind or out loud in our car as we travel down the road! The real question is, what do we say to ourselves? Our thoughts can be consumed with selfish wants and desires. We can tell ourselves lies about our circumstances and even about God. Or, we can reflect on the eternal truths of God’s word and find great comfort as we recall the character of God and His sovereign work in our lives.

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus,
Romans 15:4–5

Keep in mind that God is the source of all comfort:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:3–4

A Christian can always find comfort from God through the gift of His word. This comfort is not mystical in nature, rather, it is reminding ourselves of the character of God, of the promises of God, of the redemption that we have in Christ, and of the hope we have for the future.

The Scriptures are packed full of real, live illustrations of God’s great care for His children and His sovereign control over all of life’s circumstances. We cannot help but be encouraged when we reflect on these glorious truths!

This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me.
Psalm 119:50

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58