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"He restores my soul"

What does it mean to restore your soul? The word "restore" in the 23rd Psalm means "recover" or "turn back". To allow ourselves to be angered, fearful, depressed, etc. is to depart from who we were created to be. To restore a soul is to be returned to the image of God.

A restored soul is at peace, therefore at rest. Thoughts are submitted to Christ and the character of the will is strong. The human soul at its best is designed to reflect man's spirit joined to Christ's Spirit. Humanity inspired by Divinity desires to imitate God as loving children would their father.

If we restore a car, we are not only fixing its parts, but making the automobile able to drive on the roads again. To restore your soul is to make it "road worthy". A restored soul not only properly assembled, but functional. A healthy soul clearly receives and discerns the voice of God. A working soul keeps covenant, walks in fellowship, and exercises godly influence in this world.

Jesus Christ draws your soul back to the original design of Father God. He frees you from the dominance of sin, looses the nature of God within, and demonstrates the Kingdom through you. The Lord our Shepherd fully restores your soul and a full life.

Scriptural Context

Psalms 23:1-6 NKJV A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (2) He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. (3) He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake. (4) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (5) You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. (6) Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.