While considering the well known and loved Psalm 23, I posed the question "How does God restore your soul?" Here's a snapshot of the responses I received:
- through quietness, a morning coffee and ocean views
- by the death of our Redeemer
- a gentle whisper, a knowing in your heart and soul, an all encompassing peace after an emergency prayer is sent, a sense of His abiding presence
- as we make ourselves available to the Good Shepherd by drawing ever so near to him through constant thoughts of His goodness through His Word, friends, books etc.
- by his Word, it's a mystery beyond our comprehension but I know without a doubt I shall not lack vitalilty because He restores my soul as He draws me to Himself and I am obedient to that calling
- Sometimes through the journey of life your soul takes a pounding... overwhelming endless grief ... I call these soul wounds. Nothing in the ability of a human being can ever repair or fix the damage or the hurt.....no matter how caring ...... so in the dark secret place in my
mind and in prayer I share these things with God and it gives me Peace. God not just helps me to carry my load, God actually carries the load for me
and this restores my soul. You only have to ask!
- sin eats away at our soul and destroys us however when we repent from sin and walk daily in his will God will restore our soul. (Joel2:25-27)
- God, in his saving grace, has made every provision for the "renovation of our soul". This is the work of a lifetime and should be our lifetime work: to be a disciple of Jesus; to sit at His feet and learn from Him. How do we do this ? By being Bereans, studying and chewing on the word of God. (Heb 4:12-13)
- God restores my soul in the quiet times, "be still and know that I am God", and especially through Christian songs. I love an early morning walk listening to praise songs (I have to keep one earphone out so I don't sing out too loud and scare the neighbours!)
- Music...Time with Him...Helping others know Him too. As music draws me to Him, as His word builds in Me and as I share all that He is doing, or working on in me, restoration begins. Unless the Lord builds my house I'm labouring in vain
- Sometimes the challenges of the day seem too daunting to me. It is in hindsight I realise it is my God who has given me the strength to keep going.
- Letters from the persecuted in Nigeria is soul food for me. To read how they love their enemies and how God is blessing these dear people is wonderful. ...Also the truth: "The Lord is my Shepherd - He satisfies"
- Because it is He who restores my soul not me, it is simply for me a choice to know how to be obedient to his restorative work. For me that is in the Word, and as I sing and worship him, as well as the rich fellowship of Gods people as they choose to be God's people and love with His love.
- When I'm desperate. For help and I remember to consult Him