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.”
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