Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Psalm 23:3

He restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness
         for his name's sake.
(NIV)
He brings your soul back. He restores it. He restores that soul to the place that it should have been before the fall of man. The soul is referring to who that man is, it refers to the seat of appetites and emotions. It is the very base of what drives what you want. If the Good Shepherd will restore your soul, and in essence, change you at your roots, then you will be fulfilled in Him.

As He restores your soul, He will also lead you in the well beaten path of righteousness. I am calling it a well-beaten path because the word has to do with an entrenchment or a track. For us the path of righteousness has been walked by Christ. He came to this earth and walked that path. He cleared out the obstacles and has made the way straight.

Through the Bible we can see the path of righteousness, but we are serving a Good Shepherd who will continue to lead us down that path.

He does this for His own name's sake. So, also for His glory, we walk this path.

Which path are you walking today? Have you strayed off the beaten path to go exploring down into the ways of the world? I promise you, they are all dead ends, in the truest sense. The Scriptures warn us over and over again that the ways of sin lead to death.

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