3. The Patching of Our Soul (Psalm 23:3)
Psalm 23:3, He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
1.The Good Shepherd Provides Spiritual Restoration.
The Good Shepherd Gives His Life for Us
Just as people take great pride and precision in restoring houses, furniture, cars etc. God too, is in the restoration business. He will repair, restore, and bring you back to a place of blessing and usefulness if you will let Him. We need restoring after we have strayed away from the Lord.
A sheep is not strong like a lion; it is not swift like an antelope; it is not smart like a dog. When a sheep goes astray it does so for no reason, and once it has gone astray, it cannot find its own way back home. That is why the Good Shepherd had to leave the ninety and nine sheep in the wilderness and go after the one that was lost.
The Lord is our encourager and the restorer of our soul. The word “restoreth” means “to repair, to cause to return, to bring back, to allow to return.” It has the idea of bringing one back to repentance or conversion. When the sheep wander away from the flock, the shepherd goes out and seeks the lost lamb and brings it back to the fold. He restores the sheep. Luke 15:1-7, Since he was a shepherd, David knew sheep have a bad habit of wandering away.
2.The Good Shepherd Provides Spiritual Guidance.
The Good Shepherd Puts His Life in Us
There can be no true happiness apart from true holiness. Moreover, there can be no walking the paths of righteousness in our own strength. So, He puts His life in us. "He was made sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."
We all need guidance to know how to live in this confusing world. God’s Word tells us, “Go this way! Don’t go that way!” His paths are paths of righteousness. After grazing and resting, the sheep have to find their way home. But sheep have no sense of direction, do not recognize landmarks and have to be led. God's people need guidance, not just in matters like careers and marriage, but in how to live day by day, which is what the paths of righteousness do.
PRAYER: Father, thank You for forgiving me of my sins. Thank You for the restoration You have begun in me and for what You are doing through me. In Jesus Name AMEN!
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