“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake (Psalms 23:1-5).”
Sometimes a text from the Bible can become so popular that we no longer cherish the value of it, such is the case for Psalms 23. In this text it is implied that the soul can be depleted. So many individuals create a false idea of spiritual strength that they then become a prisoner of. We may put on a good show, but there are things in us that are depleting our souls.
If the soul needs restoring then it is safe to say that the soul can be depleted. Our souls can be depleted by; disappointments, loss, uncertainty, change, sickness, unrest, job loss and so much more.
It doesn’t take long at all for us to get worn down and worn out. The sharpness and the sharp edges of life can inflict deep wounds in our souls, ripping and shredding and tearing as we journey on this road call life.
Sometimes we escape by turning to the pleasures of this life. And there are those times we long to just get away from it all. Many of us anticipate vacations all year long, yearning for carefree days of relaxation and a break from the routine.
All of these can be effective ways of being refreshed and encouraged for different people and to varying degrees. But there’s one constant source of restoration – no matter the season, no matter the person, and no matter the circumstances.
He restores my soul, means my God cares about my soul. He pays attention to it. He notices when it becomes damaged, and He loves me enough to apply His tender mercy and His gentle touch.