PSA. 23:3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
David had an incredible understanding of intimacy with God. In many ways, David’s spirituality foreshadowed the spiritual life that has been made available for us today in Christ. In this Shepherd’s Psalm, David portrays the incredible personal relationship with God that has been made available to us through our Good Shepherd. In this verse, David talks about restoration. Restoration begins with salvation. All of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Restoration to our God comes from the saving love shown to us through our Good Shepherd who laid down His life for His sheep. Adam Clarke refers to this in his comments about this verse.
“He restores my soul. Brings back my life from destruction; and converts my soul from sin, that it may not eternally perish. Or, after it has backslidden from him, heals its backsliding, and restores it to his favor.”
It is easy, even as a Christian, to allow our hearts to become cold and stale. The world is full of compromise and it is easy to allow the troubles, temptations, and the opinions and attitudes of others to effect us. When that happens, we go into a slow fade. Without divine intervention, we can be on the way to depression or destruction. That is where the Shepherd steps in. He restores my soul. This restoration is complete. It is deliverance for my mind, it is healing for my body, and it is restoration for my soul. Here are some words from Spurgeon’s Treasury of David that talks about the restoration of a believer.
“He restores my soul. When the soul grows sorrowful he revives it; when it is sinful he sanctifies it; when it is weak he strengthens it. “He” does it. His ministers could not do it if he did not. His Word would not avail by itself. “He restores my soul.” Are’ any of us low in grace? Do we feel that our spirituality is at its lowest ebb? He who turns the ebb into the flood can soon restore our soul. Pray to him, then, for the blessing — “Restore thou me, thou Shepherd of my soul!”
Is the Lord your Shepherd? He can be. Ask Him to come in to your heart and fill your life to the brim. Maybe your heart is bruised, shattered, or even hardened. It makes no difference. The lover of broken hearts, those with shattered dreams, or those longing for the Holy Spirit can come now and receive restoration for their soul.