Posted by: Hugh Griffiths | March 20, 2006


For today’s perspective, here’s a quote from a man whose writing, teaching and preaching ministry remains one of the most influential of his generation.

Have you realised that most of your unhappinenss in life is due to the fact 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 treatement [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.”

This insight about the need for faith-filled speaking to yourself is superb. How true, that we need to take a firm grip of our innner conversations and redirect them godward with a declaration of “I will put my hope in God!” (Psalm 42:5,11)

Just for a bit of fun, anyone know who this quotation is from? Just add your guesses to the comments below and I’ll let you know in a couple of days or as soon as we have a correct entry.



  1. I don’t think it was Tony Ling but it’s exactly like something he said yesterday…Good quote though!

  2. Hi Hugh

    Was it either Arthur Wallis, Bryn Jones or Ern Baxter

  3. I would go for Dr.Martyn Lloyd Jones – I know he’s one of your favourites Hugh and it kind of has his type of wording and phrasing to it?

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