We have noted that the Shepherd’s provision is personal, complete, and securing. It is also refreshing – (v. 3a) “he restores my soul…” God can refresh your soul when you are dry and lifeless. He can rebuild your heart when it is broken or burdened. He revives the heart that is deflated and flat, limp and wilted, downcast or drooping like a flag/sail without wind (Lam 1:16; Prov. 18:14).
People who live a ministry-lifestyle find themselves in moments of desperation, absolutely in need of renewal. We may spend ourselves in crisis counseling, helping the sick, pursuing knowledge of the Word, serving our family, or practically laboring with church construction or projects. We may be so deplete of human strength that joy is a distant melody. At those times, we go to the Shepherd to restore the soul.
Restoration of the soul happens very practically through *Prayer-filled release (Phil. 4:6-7), *Time in the Word (Ps 19:7), *Encounters with God’s beauty including rest, food, nature (1Kings 19:5-6; Ps 19:1), and *Right thinking about our relationship with God (Heb. 13:5-6).
The Shepherd is the one who wants to provide renewal and revival to our souls. If you are struggling right now – go to the one who is All-knowing, All-powerful, and All-caring. Go to the one who is enough and All-sufficient. Say with the psalmist, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Ps 73:25-26).