Restoring Your Soul

Pastor Paul Witkop

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By Paul Witkop –

The 23rd Psalm is, perhaps, the most well-known scripture passage. My second grade teacher, in a public school, even had us memorize it as classical poetry.  I have been with people who suffer from advanced dementia, who do not know even their own adult kids – and yet, when I begin reading Psalm 23, they join with me.  There is something very personal and comforting about the shepherd psalm.  It is calming promise when our soul is troubled.  The Psalm reminds us we can trust God, no matter what.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.  – Psalm 23:1-3a

Shepherds were everywhere in King David’s day when he wrote it.  Shepherds live to protect the sheep.  The sheep do not have to fear because they trust the shepherd.

Where is your soul today? Does it need restoring?  When tough times hit us hard, we can become overwhelmed with fear.   When the bills pile up, the 401k becomes a 201k, health issues invade us, when we have problems finding work – or challenges at work – when our closest relationships are full of trouble…we worry.  Sometimes, just the chaos of a busy schedule drains our soul.  So we ask, is the Lord really our shepherd or it is just a cute idea for a painting or a poem?

Jesus, who called himself the good shepherd, said Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.  Jesus wants to restore your soul…to give you hope, to rejuvenate your spirit, and to revive your God given potential.  You are his unique creation and he has a plan for you that fits you perfectly.  He wants you to know the security of unconditional love.

For the stresses of each day, take some time to read Psalm 23 – one verse a day.  As you do, you will be drawn closer to the Lord who wants to shepherd you toward real solutions and, more than anything, restore your soul.

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