Preach to Yourself

Preach to Yourself


We should all have heroes—people whose lives push us to more intensely pursue depth in our relationships with Christ. My list of heroes would be long (and categorized), but one of the names that would certainly be on it is David Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Dr. Lloyd-Jones was a Welsh Protestant minister, preacher and medical doctor of the last century. He was a prolific writer, who spoke practically and poignantly to issues at the heart of the Christian life. One his books Spiritual Depression: It’s Causes and It’s Cure is comprised of 21 sermons he preached at Westminster Chapel in London on recovering joy and spiritual vitality. At the close of chapter one he makes this observation about the value of talking (or preaching) to yourself (this thought has been immensely helpful to me)…

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 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 moment, I will speak to you.” The main art in the matter of spiritual living is to know how to handle yourself. You have to take yourself in hand, you have to address yourself, preach to yourself, question yourself. 

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David Lindell is the West Campus Pastor at James River Church. To view content and messages from David visit jamesriver.org.

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David Lindell

David Lindell

David serves as the Campus Ministries Director and West Campus pastor at James River Church in Springfield, Missouri. He has theology degrees from Evangel University (BA) and Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM). David has written for Christianity Today and currently writes for James River Church’s blog. He is married to Becky and they have three children: Owen, Elliot, and Henley. You can follow him on Twitter @davidlindell