He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalms 23:3 ESV
It was God who brought us back to him. We as sinners had lost our way. Like sheep without a shepherd.
He revived our souls. Our sinful bodies are still being RESTORED and this process will be completed when we see our Savior return.
As King David says in this verse God leads and guides us. Being a shepherd himself, David knew how sheep behaved. How they tend to get lost and carried away.
Restoration in a way means to make whole again. We were broken, shattered by sin. GOD RESTORED US!
1. TO REVIVE – We were dead in our sins. God brought us back to life when we put our faith in the finished work of Lord Jesus Christ.
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,
Colossians 2:13 NIV
2. TO RENEW – We are now a new creation! The old has gone!
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
3. TO REFRESH – Just like soothing your throat with a refreshing lime juice, God has refreshed your souls which was dry and parched without the Life giving Water.
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”
Jeremiah 31:25 NIV
Restoration brings REST, it gives you a certain kind of peace.
When you are RESTORED you can be filled again!
If today you feel far from God, it’s because you have let go of His hand. God wants you to come back to Him. Hold his hand again.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
1 Peter 5:10 NIV