Yes, I am still studying the 23rd Psalm. I believe it is better to meditate on a few verses and really understand what God is trying to convey, then to speed read four chapters in a sitting and not comprehend the message. I don’t believe God cares about how much you read as much as about how you live. But I digress.
Last week we talked about the Shepherd leading the sheep to green pastures. This week, we move on to the second part of this verse, “He restoreth my soul.” I often think of my soul as my house. It is the place when I live while I am having this earthly experience. And since my soul is old, God, the Good Shepherd, will come along and restore it. Wow! Great, my soul is refurbished, renewed, and restored to working condition. Ok, now what? Now it is our turn to take care of that house. In Psalm 42:5 the Psalmist asks, “Why, my soul, are you downcast?” Well, probably because it has been neglected. If you don’t take care of a house, it will fall into disrepair. It must be tended. Maintained.
So my question for you to ponder this week is, “How are you tending your soul?” How much time do you spend roaming around in your soul inspecting its condition? Is the foundation secure? Roof a little leaky? What are you allowing to drizzle down into the rooms of your soul? Are you providing beauty for nourishment? When was the last time you spent time contemplating the condition of your soul? Perhaps, in prayer, you might ask the Good Shepherd to enter and do a restoration. You’re going to live in that house a long time.
Praising God and singing, “It is well; it is well with my soul.” Linda