Pep Talk

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”

Psalm 138-7-8

Sometimes, our souls need a good ol’ fashion pep talk. You know, a huddle-up, whistle blow, motivational speech to remind us of the important stuff. There are days, or months, or years that can leave us feeling completely stamped out and forgotten. And although the truth of God’s Word lives inside of us, it is the genuine belief in these truths and the spoken reminders that keep us moving forward.

You know what that means? It means telling your soul what to believe. It means that when your brain’s logic and your heart’s feelings don’t agree with God’s Word, you choose to believe what you know is true. Sometimes you have to even say it out loud! You must be the athlete on the mat trying to fit in that last round of burpees and the personal trainer standing above cheering yourself on, all at the same time! Circumstances that rage against the truth of who God is are inevitable; it is only the recollection and profession of the light that leads us through seasons of darkness. We see that example in this psalm.

The Psalmist walks in the midst of trouble. We don’t know how he got there, or whether it was his fault or another’s. We don’t know what kind of peril he’s in, or how long he’s been there. But immediately, he gives a declaration of faith: “You will revive me.” You will restore what was taken, be it life, joy, reputation, vision, health, or you name it. There is no request, no wonder, and no unanticipated hope. He is speaking what will be. This is his reminder of the character of God, his own little soul pep talk.

This verse captures the goodness of God’s leadership and the faithfulness of His protection in the midst of hardship. The details of the situation rarely make sense, but it is the character of God, proven in the past, that equips us with the faith to look forward with similar expectation. And the simple use of the first word “though” is as if to say, “The odds are slim, and it may not make sense, but I believe.”

So what are you waiting for? What hope are you holding onto? And what lie is fighting for your attention with every day that fails to yield the result you’re expecting? Identify it, so you can offer it to the Lord. Then give your soul a pep talk.