"He restores my soul." Psalm 23:3
A look at the entire Psalm provides three principles for "restoring my soul." These include (1) rest, (2) reflection, and (3) replenishment. David appears to be at rest when he composed this Psalm. This was not a song to prepare for battle or celebrate a holy day, but rather to enjoy a time of rest and relaxation in God’s presence.
Rest is an important restoration principle. We are designed for rest. From the beginning God exemplified its importance. Genesis 2:3 says, “God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all His work that He had done in creation.” We are designed to have a full day of rest to simply enjoy God’s presence and blessings. When we choose busyness over rest, we place more value on whatever we are doing, instead of being. God has perfect plans and grace for everything He has laid before us, but it is often in rest that you will be refueled and made ready to receive that grace to accomplish your God-given tasks. It’s in rest that our souls are restored, replenished, and filled. And it’s in rest that we are able to take time to be thankful.
Restoration also involves reflection. David’s soul was restored as he looked at life from God’s perspective. He felt protected, safe, and secure under God’s watchful care. Restoration also includes replenishment. For David, both rest and reflection led to a renewed vigor to live for God.
With this perspective on life, David could live with a restored soul, prepared for the challenges of the day. He knew God was with him, cared for him, and would never leave his side. There was no battle too big for him to face with God in his life. The same is true in our own lives. If we desire to see God restore our soul, we need to make time to rest, reflect, and replenish. "But they that wait [rest] upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint" [Isaiah 40:31].
Much love and care,
Greece Assembly of God
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