When your soul’s restored

There are promises in the Bible that require no action from us. God is true. God is faithful. God will reign for all eternity. Whether we serve the Lord or not, those truths will remain. Those promises are sure. Even when they affect us, like, God will judge the world in righteousness, those promises require no cooperation from us. But many if not most of God’s blessings, require our cooperation to come to fruition. Not that God is incapable of bringing them to pass without our help, but that He chooses not to act unless we are in submission to Him.

Two such blessings are found in Psalm 23:3. The verse says, “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” First, God restores our soul. This has the meaning of to turn back or to return. When we are weary and burdened in this life, God has the ability to return us to strength. He restores our soul to it’s liveliness, and vitality. Second, He leads us in the paths of righteousness. Think about this for a moment, God didn’t have to lead us at all. He could simply say, “Be righteous.” And leave us to our own devices. But that is not His way. He chooses to say, “Come this way, child, and I will lead you.” He leads because He loves, and He leads to show other’s His goodness and glorify His name.

But as a good doctor cannot cure unless the patient is willing, and the one who leads with none following is only taking a walk. God cannot restore us or lead us without our cooperation. We must come to Him to be restored. We must humble ourselves and choose to follow if we are to be lead by God. This is not always an easy choice, but it must be done if we are to enjoy the pleasantness of true fellowship with our Creator.

I pose this question to you, Will you come to your Savior to be restored? Will you follow that He might lead? It is the only way to a happy and fulfilled life. Won’t you make that choice today?

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A second look at Psalm 23

Psalm 23:2,5 “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”

Still waters, green pastures, a cup that runs over – these all have a similar thing in common. They are more than necessary. They are blessings that have a little something extra. I’ve been reading some sheep farmer manuals and I’ve gathered that still waters aren’t absolutely necessary for a sheep’s survival. They prefer still water. I’m sure sheep could live off of any old pasture, but the good shepherd gives them green pastures. Lastly,  God gives so much blessing that our cup runs over. Oftentimes, God’s blessings are so plentiful that we cant even contain them!

There are so many blessings we enjoy in our lives that are extra. God provided for us, then He added something just to give us pleasure. God didn’t have to make different colors or tastes. God didn’t have to make nature beautiful, or bless us for doing right. God is good to us, simply because He wants to be.

Today I would like to challenge you: look at God’s blessings in a new light. Next time you enjoy your favorite meal, remember, God didn’t have to give you the best. He did it because He wanted to.

Are you thankful for His blessings? Are you grateful? Realize the goodness of the God we serve. And praise Him for it!

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, andfor his wonderful works to the children of men!” – Psalm 107:8