He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He refreshes my soul.
These comforting passages, from Psalm 16 and Psalm 23, talk about how God protects and restores His weary travelers along the journey of life. David says in Psalm 16 that he has “Set the Lord before me; and because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” So true! If we set the Lord before us (because He is already there, we just need to acknowledge it), we will not be shaken. The converse is also true. If we remove God from ahead of us, and we set ourselves before Him, we are vulnerable.
In Psalm 23, my favorite verse says that God “restores my soul”. By implication, that means that, at times, my soul needs restoration – it gets weary, out of line, out of focus, priorities mistaken. God however is faithful. He takes compassion like a shepherd on a wayward sheep and He seeks me out when I stray. He brings me back to the cool water, lays me down, and anoints me with oil. He restores my soul because I cannot.
Psalm 16 says that God will not abandon me to the grave. That means that, though I will one day die, I will not rot away in some hole in the ground. I will be restored to Him once again and, in finality, to my home in heaven. He restores me even in death because I cannot.
Prayer: Father, thank you for your restoration. You restore our souls when they are weary, and you save us even from the effects of death. We love you even when we do not understand the depths of your love for us. Amen.