Fresh Hope – 28th April 2020

Last week, we unpacked verses 1 and 2 of Psalm 23. 

To briefly summarise, we learnt that God is metaphorically described as a shepherd many times in scripture. This is because he plays a similar role in our lives (if we allow Him to). He leads, guides, heals, tends and cares for us – His ‘sheep’. 

We learnt that when we understand the Lord as MY (personal) shepherd, we lack nothing because ALL our needs are met by Him. 

We read how it is the shepherd’s role to lead us to what we need and as we submit to this leadership, we find what we need and we find rest for our soul. 

Today we are focusing on verse 3: ‘He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness. For His name’s sake’.

Let’s focus on the word, ‘restores’. This word speaks of regaining something that was lost. 

It is in a place of rest (found by following the shepherd), that we regain what we lost. 

The shepherd leads in two ways – beside quiet waters, as we have read previously – so he leads me to rest, but he also leads me to ‘paths of righteousness’, which speaks of morals. The shepherd leads us to rest AND to right living! 

Many of us may feel exhausted, and depleted. Your soul drained. Perhaps it is worth considering if you have been leading yourself. Perhaps you have gone down a path that your shepherd isn’t leading you down. It is not a path of rest, because it is a path you have forged in your own self-effort. Perhaps it is time to submit to the leadership of a loving shepherd, so your soul can be restored, you can find rest, and be in right living! 

Remember, your shepherd knows what you need and where to get it! 

Emma Burchell

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