Restoration for the Soul
Category : General
Psalm 23: 3(KJV)
3 He restoreth my soul:…
It is noted, “Restoration, like conversion, is the work of God. Who can convert a sinner? God only. Who can restore a backslider? The Almighty alone.”
The phrase, “restoreth my soul,” as was pointed out literally means, “to bring back.” The good Shepherd brings back the wayward soul from death into life, John 5:24; Luke 15:4-7. Just a reminder, if you know Jesus, then you have eternal life right now! If you do not know Him, then you are dead in your sins where you sit, 1 John 5:12.
So, in essence, “He causes my life to return.” As DeWette noted, “He quickens me,” or causes me to live. The word soul” here means life, or spirit, and not the soul in the strict sense in which the term is now used. It refers to the spirit when exhausted, weary, or sad; and the meaning is, that God quickens or vivifies the spirit when thus exhausted. The reference is not to the soul as wandering or backsliding from God, but to the life or spirit as exhausted, wearied, troubled, anxious, worn down with care and toil. the heart, thus exhausted, He re-animates. He brings back its vigor. He encourages it; excites it to new effort; fills it with new joy.
Therefore, we can conclude that God brings back our life from destruction; and converts our soul from sin, that it may not eternally perish. Or, after it has back-slide from him, heals its back-sliding, and restores it to his favor. Friends, just as a weary sheep is refreshed by feasting in the green pasture and drinking from the still waters and lying in a place of safety and peace, so are the saints of God refreshed by their divine Shepherd. We need to remember the drought that was in our soul when we were yet in sin! Remember how the Lord came and brought life to us in that terrible condition! Remember the times since when we have neglected His house, His Word and His fellowship and we have become weary and worn and once again the cruel tentacles of the dead-ness and coldness began to entwine themselves around our soul. Now, let us reflect on how He came to us in our lost condition or in our back-slide condition and how He forgave us all our sins and trespasses. How He breathed new life into our soul. How He brought back the blush of youth into the cheeks of our spiritual man. When He lifted us out of the pit of apathy and complacency and let us look into the promised land of spiritual victory! That is what He does for His sheep! He replaces their dead-ness with His life. He can do the same for you!
Have a great and God filled day!