He Restores My Soul
January 31, 2020 | Greg Summers
This Psalm has become one of my favorite Psalms for many reasons. It is often read at a funeral, and although it is very appropriate for that setting, I have found it to be very helpful in my everyday life. It is not a surprise to any of us that many things have gone wrong in our world, and it is a tough day and age to care for our souls. The daily assaults on our hearts are brutal, especially since they were never meant to be assaulted. They were designed to be in perfect union with God; so, with that context, we come to Psalm 23”
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.”
I love the outdoors, and some of my favorite hobbies include fly fishing, hunting, hiking, etc. I understand that not everyone loves the outdoors, but I think these verses are getting at something our souls desperately need. It is in this need that we often search for remedies that only bring relief and not true restoration.
“He makes me lie down in green pastures.”
We all need to lie down in green pastures. To stop and rest in the beauty of creation. Creation declares the glory of God, and it is that beauty that can bring us back into His presence. Resting in the presence of God is a discipline that would do us all wonders.
“He leads me beside still waters.”
We all need to be led by the still waters. One of the reasons why I love fly fishing is because you slowly move down through the river or stream in the quietness of creation. It allows time and space to hear the Father and be led by him.
There is a goal that the shepherd has in the lying down in the green pastures and walking beside the still waters.
The goal is:
“He restores my soul.”
It is in those times that we can retreat back to a small portion of the original design for our hearts and souls. God has a desire to restore your soul each and every day. So, don’t just shoot for some relief for your soul through addictions, alcohol, and binge-watching; but pursue true and deep restoration in the green pastures and the still waters from a good Father.