“He Restores My Soul”

Living as Apprentices

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures:  he leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” Psalm 23: 1-3  (KJV).

A few nights ago, I was praying Psalm 23 when a word jumped out at me (not an uncommon experience). The word was restores. What does it mean to restore a soul, I wondered. Why would it need to be restored? How would God accomplish it?  What would a restored soul be like?

I began to think of the meaning of the word “restore” in the English language.  It can mean to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition, as in restoring furniture, restoring a neighborhood, or restoring a relationship. It can also mean to bring back to a state of health or vigor, as in “The…

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