Ps.23:1-3 – The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.
I always have more than enough.
He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love.
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.
That’s where he restores and revives my life.
David was a man of the Spirit. His most famous Psalm, the Shepherd’s Psalm, is all about the anointing. He speaks of waters of rest, anointing his head with oil, and his cup overflowing. David speaks about the fruit of those waters of rest; he calls it restoration. The Lord restores our soul. All of us have been beat up by life. Stuff always happens. Unfulfilled dreams, betrayals, sicknesses, broken friendships; the list is endless. The problem is that the ramifications of the problems in life mount up on us and cause other problems. Depression and fear control way too many people. David believed that the Spirit of God would restore and renew those broken parts of our lives. Here is how Brian Simmons describes this restoration.
“Or “He causes my life [or soul, Heb. nephesh] to return.” So often life drains out of us through our many activities, but David found that God restores our well-being by pursuing what pleases God and resting in him.”
Restoration is something that needs to happen continually in our lives. Spurgeon also addressed restoration in his comments on this verse.
“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 restoreth 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!”
The world is a very painful place. Without the Shepherd we tend to turn to other things that just make our pain worse. The promises of alcohol or opioids are all false promises; they dull the pain temporarily and lead down a long path of pain and addiction. Our Shepherd leads us to His waters of rest, His quiet refreshing water of the Spirit. This is where our soul is healed and our recovery takes place. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.