Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Phillip Keller describes sheep that get on the ground and cannot get up. This is a very critical condition called ‘cast’ sheep. The shepherd is constantly keeping his eye on the herd looking for cast sheep. When he finds one he must pick her up and then hold her until the legs are stable enough to stand alone.
God constantly has His eye on His disciples looking for someone who needs restoring. He picks us up and holds us until we are able to walk alone. I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. [Psalm 32:8] and “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” [ 2 Chronicles 16:9 ]This reminds me of the poem “Footprints in the sand“.
“He restores my soul” applies to all disciples when we take our sins, problems, etc to Jesus. He is looking to pick us up like cast sheep if we will let Him. He gives His joy back to us even if there are consequences to our fall.
He guides us in His way of holiness from studying the Bible, mediating, prayer and worship. I love this verse “ His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” [2 Peter 1:3 HCSB] Our part with the guidance of the Holy Spirit is to dig deeply into the Bible and receive what we need for life and holiness. The next verse promises “so that through them you may share in the divine nature”. That is a promise for now partially–the degree now will depend on how much of our life we surrender to Jesus- and totally in heaven.
The surrendered life is abiding in Jesus, producing fruit and glorifying God. Jesus said; 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that …your joy may be made full. [ John 15:1-11 ; Bible Fruit ]
Am I willing to surrender to be guided in the paths of holiness by Jesus? Am I producing fruit and glorifying God? Or do I constantly strike out on my way, fall down and need restoration?
Henry Luke 8/29/2017
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