What beautiful words.
He Restoreth My Soul.
After last week, my soul has felt parched. I poured so much of myself into writing the Acts study that I felt empty. I had nothing left of myself to give. I didn’t even feel like I could spend real time with God – I was still doing my studies and talking about Him and praising Him; but there is a very real difference between talking about Him and spending time with Him. If you have never sat down and opened yourself up to Him, just thought about Him and whispered, “I’m listening,” you should do it. There is something about being quiet in God’s presence that restores your soul.
And yet, even as I knew this, I couldn’t find it within me to sit down with Him until tonight. To be overwhelmed by His presence, to lift my voice in awe and praise. To finally sit at the table He prepares before me and allow Him to restore my soul. My Bible study brought me to Psalm 23 tonight, the one psalm that everyone has heard so much that it means nothing anymore. But. These words were a balm to my spirit tonight; it reminded me that there is only one who can restore me: God my Shepherd, Jehovah Raah.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness.
for his name’s sake.
Can you hear the love of the psalmist, the rest he takes in His creator? David speaks of a God who has provided and taken care, who has cherished His beloved all the days of his life; of the Great Shepherd who has led him on a beautiful and wild adventure, who has filled him with peace throughout his times of trouble. When the trouble came, his God restored his soul. The word restored means, “to return, to turn back.” Every time David’s soul wandered, God turned him back. Every time David’s soul became overwhelmed, God returned him to the streams of peace. Beloved, every time your soul is weary, is burdened, is heavy, is parched, look to Him and He will return you back to the place of peace and fulfillment. Spend time in His presence, in quite awe and humility; ask Him to speak restoration into your spirit. He alone can lead you to the still waters; He alone can restore your soul.
Because the LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.