“He Restores my Soul” (Ps. 23:3a)
As we continue to meditate on the 23rd Psalm, we need to remember that David is writing from the viewpoint of a sheep, who is in the care of the Good Shepherd. This being the case, one might well ask, “What could possibly happen that would warrant the need of “restoration?” In like manner, believers who are secure in the arms of Jesus might ask, “Why the need to “restore my soul?” David himself asked this question in Psalm 42:11, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? Why have you become disturbed within me…”
Sheep who are in the care of the shepherd can be in danger of becoming a “cast sheep.” What do we mean by that? A heavy, fat, or long-fleeced sheep will lie down in a little hollow or depression to rest. It might roll over slightly to stretch out its legs. Suddenly the center of gravity shifts and its legs go up in the air. The sheep panics when its feet no longer touch the ground and begins to flail around making matters even worse. It now becomes a “cast sheep” and in grave danger of death unless the shepherd can find it in time.
Like David, we as believers, though secure in Jesus, find that circumstances, poor decisions, and broken relationships cause us to become “cast sheep.” When that takes place the Good Shepherd comes alongside offering restoration, comfort, assurance, and compassion. Jesus’ restoration of Peter after his terrible tragedy of temptation and denial is a perfect picture of the care and concern of the Good Shepherd.
In Psalm 56:13, we are given an accurate picture of the Christian’s life, “For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.” (NLT)
Do you feel as if you are “cast down,” forgotten, one of God’s lost sheep? Fear not, for the Good Shepherd is searching for you. He has left the ninety and nine and will not rest until you are “restored” and brought back in to the fold.
Prayer: Dear Lord, be with those today who feel as if they are abandoned of God.