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He Restores my Soul

Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2012

This teaching is available in video format on my YouTube channel - AndrewJShreeve

 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want… He restoreth my soul

Psalm 23:1, 3

 

Psalm 23 is a prophetic Psalm describing the blessings which come to the Christian through following the good shepherd - the Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:11). The Psalm contains blessings for every realm of our lives, including: not being in want; being in a state of tranquillity, peace and abundance; being brought back into the family of God; having Godly leadership for our lives; safety and protection; abundant provision and blessing; daily mercy and goodness; and eternal life. Psalm 23 gives details concerning the 'shalom' blessing of the Lord, which is contained within the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (Isaiah 9:6, 52:7, Romans 10:15). This month we will focus on the blessing - He restores my soul.

 

He is referring to 'Jehovah', who is the Lord, God - Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 14, 1 Timothy 3:16, 1 John 5:20).

 

The Lord brings restoration to our soul. The word restoreth in Hebrew is 'shoob' which means: to turn back, fetch home again, recover, rescue and retrieve (Strong's Dictionary). The word soul in Hebrew is 'nephesh' which means: a breathing creature, heart, mind, person, and self (Strong's Dictionary). So "He restores my soul" has the meaning of the Lord rescuing us, or bringing us back to Himself. Implicit in the bringing of us back to the Lord includes the restoration of our heart, mind and thought-life back to the Lord.

 

In the book of Hebrews, Paul the apostle describes the New Covenant: this is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them (Hebrews 10:16). Included in the process of the Lord bringing us back to Himself, is the return of our heart and mind to be one, and in unity, with the laws and Words of the Lord.

 

When we become born again into God's kingdom our spirit is remade a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 4:24). This is, however, just the beginning. The Christian life involves an ongoing process of Godly education. The bible instructs the Christian: be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind; so that you can experience the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2). There is a physical and mental transformation which the Lord desires to bring into our lives, which is only achieved as we renew of our mind with God's Word.

 

Think of the Christian life in terms of family. The Lord has redeemed us; He has brought us back into his family and house - which is the body of Christ. So now we are sitting in the Lord's house - in Christ. But due to our 'previous' life of sin in the world, and our ongoing exposure from the 'mental pollution' in the world, our thoughts and mind may not be in harmony with the Lord. Actually, we may not be very nice to be around, as our heart may be filled with thoughts or fear and unbelief. We may be like a rebellious teenager who is physically at home but mentally in rebellion. The Lord, however, as our loving, patient, heavenly Father, has a vision of fully restoring all aspects of our life (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). The Lord doesn't just want us sitting in His house (possibly still in rebellion to His Words), He also wants our mind and heart to be one with His - to be in unity with the Words of the Lord. The Lord wants our soul 'fully' restored to Him.

 

We have a part to play in the restoration of our soul. Our part is not just to sit passively in the house of the Lord (watching TV or facebook), but to be active in renewing our mind with His Word. The word translated renewing in Romans 12:2 means: renovation (Strong's Dictionary). After we become a Christian, we are given the task of renovating our mind. I came to this realisation many years ago, that every day for the rest of my life I would need to work on the renovation of my mind. Because we are in the world we are constantly bombarded with ungodly words and thoughts. We are not to run away from the world (as a reclusive monk) as we are to love and minister to the world. We are rather to face and engage this ungodly world, but we need a strong heart to do that effectively.

 

To effectively engage with the world we need to daily renew our mind through the process of meditation of God's promises:

 

The communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus

Philemon 1:6

 

God's covenant promises are the details of the good things which are in us in Christ Jesus. As we renovate our mind, imagination and emotions with God's promises we are aligning, or synchronizing, ourselves with the Lord's Words. We are now sitting in the Lord's house, not in the evil rebellion of unbelief and sin consciousness, but we are harmonized with the righteous, finished work of Christ, and the manifold blessings of His loving house. When our mind is renovated to the promises of our inheritance we are more truly one with the Lord, and our soul is restored.

 

Pray with me; "Father God, thank you that you are my good shepherd. Thank you that through faith in your Son Jesus Christ you have brought me back to your house, you have restored my soul. Thank you for the realisation that once I am in your house I have the ongoing, daily task of renovating my mind with the good things which are in me in Christ Jesus - the covenant promises. Please open my understanding to the importance of this daily work of the renewing and renovation of my mind. Please strengthen me to discipline myself to meditate your promises every day. Then I will be one who sits in your house receiving your good, acceptable and perfect will. I pray this in Jesus Christ name, Amen."

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