Psalm 23 (NKJV)
1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
The 23rd Psalm is perhaps the most often memorized, and remembered, psalm of comfort in the Bible.
One of my favorite verses within this Psalm is verse 3, “He restores my soul”. Looking up definitions of “restore” I found things like:
-To bring back to its former state; to bring back from a state of ruin
-To give or bring back, as that which has been lost
-To renew; to reestablish
-To make good
-To bring back to a state of health, soundness or vigor
What tremendous comfort it is to know that God so loves me and every one of us, so much that our souls may be brought “back to a state of health, soundness or vigor”.
A Prayer for Today
Heavenly Lord of All:
Thank you for the many blessings you shower me with. Most of all I thank you for allowing me to rest, and act, within your love.
Help me to remember this day, and all my days that l am made in your image.
Allow me the wisdom to walk in your ways.
Help me always to show others the love that you have for each of us, your children.
Use me, my hands, my feet, my mouth, and my ears to help others.
Grant me both patience and caring with all whom I meet, and remind me to forgive others, and myself, for any wrongs done this day.
Help me to live today, and everyday, in such a way that people may always see you reflected in me.