Thursday, January 18, 2018

He Restores My Soul

July 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Manna

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul.
Psalm 23:1-3

Bobby’s brother, Mark, has a mint 55 Chevy. It is a beautiful car. But it didn’t always look beautiful. It was pretty much a piece of junk at one point. It had been beautiful when it was new, but years of wear and tear had torn it down and reduced it to something of very little value. In fact, the car had been changed from its original purpose and was used as a stock car, getting battered and dinged until none of the beauty of the original car was left. But Mark had a dream to restore it.

He brought it home, put it in his garage and piece by piece he brought it back to its original condition. It was not a quick process, it actually took him seventeen years to restore that car. But he didn’t give up and when he was finished, he had something of worth; he had turned it from junk to a beautiful piece of machinery.

Through years of living life, we can getting pretty messed up inside. Life has a way of battering and bruising us, chewing us up and then spitting us out by the wayside; no remnant of our original spirits can be found. It can be a dismal place to be in. We feel like we belong in the junkyard.

One of Webster’s definitions for restore is: to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor. In Psalm 23, King David tells us that God restores our soul. Our soul consists of our mind, our will and our emotions, pretty much what keeps us running. God takes our battered lives and bit by bit, piece by piece, he restores our spirit. He brings us back to a state of health, of soundness, of vigor. It doesn’t happen overnight … it’s a process. But God never gives up on us. He turns our junk filled lives into a thing of beauty; a life that can be used for him.

The 55 Chevy couldn’t restore itself. It needed someone to help bring it back to its original state. We can’t restore ourselves either … we need God. So … the question might be, if your soul needs some restoration … are you trying to do it by yourself, or are you allowing God to work in you?

Father, thank you for the taking my battered and bruised soul and bringing peace, healing and health back into my life. Thank you Jesus for the peace that you bring along with that restoration. Thank you for never giving up on me. I pray that those who are hurting, who are battered and bruised inside, will allow you to restore their souls. To bring healing to the hurt of their hearts.

I love you Jesus!

In your name I pray,


God’s Blessings Upon You!

Joyce Schneider has been writing for several years. She has five published books. You can find out more about her at her website

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