Jesus.. Restorer of my Soul
He Restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness , For His name’s sake.
Restore means to : return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position.bring back or re-establish (a previous right, practice, or situation). Soul: our mind , our mentality and our hearts.
In Psalm 23:3 David talks about God restoring His soul and leading Him to a path of righteousness.
He is not talking about physical blessings here. He’s not talking about restoring a old house He has lost or restoring His riches. He talks about Almighty God restoring His soul.
Restoration means: to return someone or something to its former condition.
If the Lord had to restore David’s soul then it meant at the time his soul was not in a good condition. His soul was not always pleasing God so He wanted God to restore His soul back to the place where his heart and mind is in tune with God. Notice that David didn’t say the Lord restored his soul , He says the Lord RESTORES his soul. Its a continuous process. Restoration is a process because it requires that the old be removed and be replaced gradually or daily with the new. David could not by make Himself righteous. By His own hand and His own ability He cannot restore His soul.
Restoration also refers to when someone has backslidden, when your mind and heart was on God but is shifting away little by little.
But David makes it very clear that God restores His soul.
Zachariah 4:6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.
David makes it clear that God brings His heart and mind and thoughts and feelings in obedience with Him, when He seeks God to do so. When He longs and desires for God to do so.
In Our own strength trying to restore our soul is not possible. We need to go before God and ask for His divine intervention. To tune us into His desires and His will. Its a process of feeding our minds and hearts with God’s word so we allow Him to occupy us. God restored David’s soul.
It means that His mind and heart now desires the things after God’s heart. He is thinking to please God,His state of mind is to obey God. His heart is not longing after the desires of the flesh or the things that will kill His soul.
After restoring David’s soul, God led David to walk in His righteousness.
So after God has restored our mind and our hearts to Him.Now we start to act and walk according to God’s will. Because David seeked God to restore His state of mind and The desires of His heart back to Him, He allowed God to lead Him to walking in obedience with Him.
Notice that David submitted to the Lord leading Him. Notice that David let the Lord lead Him. So after God has restored your mind, heart and thoughts back to Him, you have to let Him lead you. Righteousness cannot be achieved by your own strength or ability. God made us right with Him through His son Jesus Christ.
1 corinthians 1:30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.
Notice that you choose who to lead you. You can choose friends, by looking at their way of life. You can choose the world by following their way of life. But if you want to be walking in God’s will you have to follow God’s way of life. You cannot choose the world’s way of living and expect your soul to be restored and let God lead you.
God will lead us only when we submit under His authority. And to submit under God’s authority we must know what is pleasing to Him and what He hates. When we know what He hates we won’t allow anything or anyone to lead us.
Its important to pray for God to restore our minds daily and think about Him so He can lead us into the path of righteousness.
Glory be to God.