The Restoring God: He Restores My Soul
Psalm 23 is perhaps the most well-known Psalm in the Bible. It has been a source of comfort in times of grief and sorrow and a source of reassurance in the provisions of Jehovah for his children. In it the psalmist speaks of Jehovah and the special relationship that he shares with Him. The comprehensive care offered by Jehovah to His sheep is unmatched. Only He could care in this way. I’d like to ask you to think with me about the state of the individual that makes restoration of the soul necessary.
There are many craftswomen and craftsmen who are restoration specialists. They restore automobiles, furniture, houses, jewelry and a host of other things. I always like to see the before and after pictures of the restored objects. Many products are advertised as being excellent for restoring objects. Without being sure that the pictures we are shown as the before and after of the same objects, we purchase the product with confidence that we will get the result “as seen on TV”. Oh the surprises and disappointments many have had!
With the daily demands of life, we naturally experience “wear and tear” physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, psychologically…everywhere wear and tear. We make our regular visits to our physicians and specialists who keep us abreast of our physical conditions and administer the necessary therapy to keep us in top condition. We take vacations to rejuvenate us. There are products that are marketed as being able to rejuvenate us if we use them as part of our daily bath/shower routine. How ready are we to admit that there is the need for spiritual restoration and renewal? How honest are we regarding our own spiritual state? How can you tell that there is the need for spiritual restoration?
The need for spiritual restoration is as natural as the need for physical restoration. Our daily time of sleeping, eating, and exercising helps to restore our bodies. To deny ourselves of food, rest and exercise is to bring on sickness. The same is true regarding spiritual restoration. Denying ourselves of that which is essential to spiritual restoration will certainly lead to spiritual disease and spiritual death. A diseased soul lacks the strength and ability to defend itself against the contaminating elements that we encounter daily. I suggest that the Presence of Jehovah is our best option for restoration. David stated that Jehovah was with him and that the house of the Lord would be his permanent home. To dwell in the presence of Jehovah is our guarantee of the restoration of the soul. The overall care that is received, whether it is the food from the lush green pastures, the cool refreshing springs, the sumptuous table spread, or the anointing with the oil or the provision of righteousness, all contribute to the restoring of the soul.
A restored soul is a grateful one. A restored soul is a humble one. A restored soul is always mindful of the goodness and mercies of Jehovah. Those of us who have experienced the blessings of continuous restoration are patient with others as they go through their difficult times, which result in spiritual exhaustion and drained emotional tanks. We extend hope to them because we know what they are going through… because we just left there. The Shepherd has His keen attention on each sheep. Not one escapes His notice. The restoration of the soul entails the total person. Only the Good Shepherd is capable of doing this. The restoration of our souls is His delight. He waits for you to come to Him. You will not be disappointed. He delivers on His promise: “I will give you rest…you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-30).