DayBreaks for 9/24/14 – The Restored Soul
Psalm 23:3 (NKJV) – He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Why do we go to sleep every night? Because our bodies need to be restored from the labors and focus of the day. Our bodies, as amazing as they are, are not just machines (and even machines break down after a while!) They are amazing creations of God, electro-chemical factories of tremendous complexity, animated by an eternal soul. And as long as we are in this ragged world, our souls need restoring, too.
There are many things that wear down our souls: doubt, guilt, fear, anguish, sorrow, heartache and lest we forget, sin. Our souls, you see, were neither meant nor created to carry those burdens. So our souls, like our backs, are bent under the weight of our heavy, earthly load. We need constant restoration!
How does it happen? Through the blood of the Shepherd, more than anything else. When the flocks that David cared for were terrified by the lions and bears, David spilled blood to kill those beasts, and when he slew the enemy of the sheep, their hearts beat more slowly and they were restored. The terror left as peace settled in once again.
Our sin, when we are confronted with it, should terrify us. If it hasn’t, we need a heart check-up. To stand before the Holy God of the Universe covered in sin would be the most terrifying thing that will ever happen!
But if the Shepherd has spilled His blood for us, and if we have been covered with that blood and follow Him into right paths rather than the paths that have created the fear and terror in the first place, our souls are restored. And they are restored over and over again as we confess to him our sin and fear and begin again to walk in paths of righteousness.
What wears down your soul? Are you walking in the path of righteousness?
PRAYER: Lord, our souls are heavy and our memories full of guilt, shame and all that goes along with being sinners. We ask for you to restore us yet again…and we thank you for your willingness to restore us over and over. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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