Summary: We all desire rest for our souls but we always try to find that rest in the wrong place.
Psalm 23:3 “he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
Everyone in this world has a soul but not everyone has the Holy Spirit of God living inside of them.
Restore - to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor. Dictionary.com
This is our fourth lesson on Psalm 23 and I have found so much truth that in this one Psalm. I remember the time that we were going to restore our bathroom. It had some ugly wallpaper and I was going to make it “My Job” to fix it. Those of you new to the daily devotional should know that I am related to Murphy as in Murphy’s law. If it can happen it will happen. I once put in a new fan and the directions said to turn off the electricity first. I did; I turned off the lights. After picking myself off the floor and then reading the directions further I found out I needed to turn the circuit breaker off first. Yes I am dangerous.
So on to the bathroom I go. I don’t know much about taking down wallpaper and then painting but “Hey that is what the internet is for”! I go in the bathroom and went at that wallpaper like a wild man. What started out as a friendly game of stripping paper became an obsession. As a matter of fact it was coming off so quickly I was thinking of how smart I was going to portray myself to my wife Julie. It only took me 25 minutes to get the wallpaper off. Pretty proud of myself I called Julie to come on in and check it out. Well when Julie started to check she found that I had only gotten off the first layer. There were others layers underneath, MANY layers underneath. Well these layers were stuck. This restoring thing was going to take a little longer than I had originally planned. Instead of a few hours it turned into four days of work.
In the above verse when God “restores our soul we can take that a number of ways. If you are not a believer in Jesus God can give you His Spirit to Endwell inside of you forever but you have to ask.
Romans 10:13 “for, Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
But I believe that this verse has more to do with our current lives than our eternal life. Now don’t get me wrong our eternal life is more important than anything temporary. If you are not sure if you are saved please read the link at http://www.theultimatedecision.com/howtogettoheaven.html But for the above passage God is speaking to those who are plain worn out. Many of your prayer requests, phone calls and e mails have shown me your pain and worry. We all desire rest for our souls but we always try to find that rest in the wrong place. We may work countless hors to finally get a vacation. Then we go on vacation and come back more tired than if we had stayed at home. We may get more money in the bank but then we worry if that money will evaporate. We worry about everything under the sun because we want everything under the sun to please us. Our life is one step after another to find security.