He restores my soul - Psalm 23

Psalm 23:3 Restores My Soul #209

Psalm 23 is a familiar passage to most believers as it describes the Lord as a shepherd, but if you haven’t read it or heard it before, I highly recommend reading the full Psalm. For purposes of today, I am just going to focus on Psalm 23:3 which says, “He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

The definition of restore is to “bring back” or “return to a previous condition” which is exactly what God does; he brings restoration to souls and lives. Other translations use the words “refresh” or “renew.” Isn’t that the heart of the Father? He is always wanting to renew, refresh and restore. But how?

I have said this many times, but it’s always important to read the verses before and after to get the full context. If you read Psalm 23:2, it says, “He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.” God restores and renews you in the quiet, intimate places. It’s in the intimate places with him that you will find true rest and peace.

You have a good, good Father who always “leads you in paths of righteousness.” Every step you take should be a step following the path he has set before you and when you follow that path, he will supply all your needs: wisdom, guidance, protection, righteousness, etc. If you are in a season where the path he has led you to is a place of quiet rest, know that is where he will restore and renew your mind, body and soul. And in the end? He will get all the honor and glory for it’s all in “his name’s sake.”

He restores my soul - Psalm 23

 

 

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13 Comments
  • Jessi | LifeAbundant-Blog.com
    Posted at 09:59h, 08 January Reply

    AH yes! My word for 2018 is Restoration. Such a timely post. Thank you, friend!

  • Lindsay Tankersley
    Posted at 13:24h, 08 January Reply

    Amen! I want my soul to be renewed, too!! 🙂

  • Kyleeking
    Posted at 21:26h, 08 January Reply

    Restore and renew. So thankful that I listened in 2017 when I heard the Lord as me to be still, to wait. He has asked many times before but I failed to follow. So many times I fail, I’m so thankful for His supply in ALL of my needs!

  • Fulin Nichole
    Posted at 21:27h, 08 January Reply

    “Leads me in paths of righteousness” What a beautiful reminder. I am praying for restoration!

  • Holly
    Posted at 21:30h, 08 January Reply

    This is so very true and relevant to my life today…and every day. ?

  • CHAVEZ Aleesha
    Posted at 21:34h, 08 January Reply

    “Hope renewed” our theme ! I want my soul to be restored!

  • Amanda G
    Posted at 21:58h, 08 January Reply

    He restores….He leads…. I’m so grateful that your recent post It’s Not About You was shared. And here, in scripture, I’m reminded again that God is. He just is.

  • Lindsey
    Posted at 06:23h, 09 January Reply

    Such a good reminder that He is renewing me and restoring in my wait!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 08:12h, 09 January Reply

    Being still can be so tough but love what the Lord does in my heart and life when I rest in Him.

  • Amber
    Posted at 10:29h, 09 January Reply

    Love this! It’s right in line with what God has been teaching me and reminding me of. Perfect timing. 🙂

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 23:10h, 09 January Reply

    So sweet to visit with you tonight, Caroline. I haven’t been here for a while…I think of you and am praying for you still. God bless you and keep you, and may 2018 be the year for your miracle promises to be fulfilled!

  • Elise
    Posted at 11:22h, 10 January Reply

    Inspiring post. God is leading us and we must follow. Thanks for reminding us.

  • Danielle
    Posted at 22:13h, 10 January Reply

    I have been in such need of restoration, we have been battling to find answers and finally got a big answer in November. I have laparoscopic surgery and it forced me to physical and mentally slow down and start to restore myself. I am still working to restore myself but since then I can feel myself beginning tat long process. Thank you for the kind words!

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