I have been really fighting to see and savor Jesus Christ since I’ve been in South Africa. It’s been a battle. The greatest thing I have ever learned to help in this fight is to preach the gospel to yourself. I love to preach and most of my times in the Word are preaching sessions to my own self. Here’s a paragraph from Martyn Lloyd-Jones that has been a huge help to me over the past few days. He offers a wonderful perspective on how to handle times in our lives when we are unhappy in the Lord.
Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you in the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them but they are talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc. Somebody is talking. Who is talking to you? Your self is talking to you. Now this man’s treatment [in Psalm 42] was this: instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he starts talking to himself. “Why art thou cast down, O my soul?” he asks. His soul had been depressing him, crushing him. So he stands up and says, “Self, listen for a moment, I will speak to you.