We have been
dealing with Psalm 23 as DAVIDS JOURNAL. It is not that
which David wrote in every day but he recorded the high points of
Gods dealings in his life. We looked at verse 1 as THE REVEALING
DAYS and verse 2 as THE RESTING DAYS in the life of
This week we turn
our hearts to verse 3 which says,
restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his
This verse will
open to us THE RESTORING DAYS from DAVIDS JOURNAL. David on
several occasions weeps his way back to the Shepherd who restores.
The word restoreth means to turn back, to return again to the
original point, and to hinder or prevent from going away. It is He
(Jesus, the Great Shepherd) that restores. It is not the preacher but
Him through the preacher who restores. The Bible does not restore but
Him working through the Word that brings restoration to His sheep.
In this restoring
work we find there is restoration to the body, soul, and spirit.
He restores us in
body when one is weak the Shepherd will come with strength. How often
we can become weary in well doing. We can all testify to going to
church weary in body. While the service progresses the Shepherd comes
with strength and we leave refreshed in our body. Listen as David
rehearses about the restoring strength of the Shepherd. In Psalm
118:14 he said, The LORD is my strength and song, Psalm 138:3
says, In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and
strengthenedst me with strength
Psalm 140:7, O God the Lord,
the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of
battle. Psalm 119:28 My soul melteth for heaviness:
strengthen thou me according unto thy word.
restores the soul when one has come under the circumstances of life.
In Psalm 42 David says that deep within him cries to deep with God.
In this Psalm he asked three times Why art thou cast down O my
soul? I have spoken before of the disease of sheep in being cast
down. They get on their backs with all fours in the air. The gastric
juices build up and begin to cut off their air. If the good shepherd
does not get to them quickly, set them upright, and rub their little
bodies they will die. David says in Psalm 43:12 And as for me,
thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face
for ever. He surely restores weary souls.
We find not only
does He restore the body and the soul but also the spirit that takes
on sin He restores with sanctification. David went through a
four-fold judgment because of his adulterous affair. He lost the baby
conceived in the affair, one son raped his sister, another son killed
his brother, and his son Absalom was killed by an army captain. David
knew the restoring work of the Shepherd when he said, It is good
for me to have been afflicted that I might learn thy statutes.
David closes this
part of the journal telling us he leadeth me in the paths of
The word leadeth means to drive or force
along. Righteousness speaks of Christ Himself. The paths
speak of Christ likeness. If we are to take on His likeness we must
be driven by force into those paths. David tells us that all of the
restoring work of the Shepherd is done
for his names sake.
It is not to bring us glory or put us in the limelight but to put down
sheep and lift up the Shepherd.