Monday 19th Oct 2020
THEME:- GOD WILL RESTORE OUR SOUL HE KNOWS US INTIMATELY SERVE HIM FAITHFULNESS.
TEXT:-Psalm 23:3; Jeremiah 1:5; IPeter 4:10-11).
“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
Psalms 23:3 KJV
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5 KJV
“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. 1 Peter 4:10-11 KJV
Psalm 23:3 says, “He restores my soul.” How can our souls be restored? The focus is on God’s work in our lives. We cannot restore ourselves, but must be restored by God.
God watches over him, he does not find himself in need of anything. All of his needs are met. He can rest in green pastures, beside still waters (v. 2). His paths are righteousness (v. 3), even though he walks through the valley of the shadow of death (v. 4).
The last portion of Psalm 23 shifts to a different scenario, one in which David sits at a table among his enemies, likely at a royal banquet. In this word picture, David has no fear of his enemies, he is anointed (set apart as special), and his cup overflows (meaning he has plenty to drink). He feels blessed with goodness and mercy and will live in God’s house forever (v. 6).You are assured of the presence of God in every situation as You focus on Him.
A look at the entire Psalm again provides three principles for “restoring my soul.” These include rest, reflection, and replenishment. David appears to be at rest when he composed this Psalm. This was not a song to prepare for battle or celebrate a holy day, but rather to enjoy a time of relaxation in God’s presence.
Second, restoration involved reflection. His soul was restored as he looked at life from God’s perspective. He felt protected, safe, and secure under the leadership of God.
Third, his restoration included replenishment. Both rest and reflection led to a renewed vigor to live for God. This replenishment also included an anticipation to be with God forever in the future (v. 6).
With this perspective on life, David could live with a restored soul, prepared for the problems of the day. He knew God was with him, cared for him, and would never leave his side. There was no battle too big for him to face with God in his life.
The same is true in our own lives. If we wish to see God restore our soul, we need to make time to rest, reflect, and replenish. We cannot expect to live with a fresh sense of God’s presence in our lives if we constantly rush from one issue to the next. To be restored takes time, focused on God and His greatness, to renew us with hope and joy regarding this life and anticipation for eternity.
God saved both our lives that day after day and we are assured that God valued us even before we were born.
None of us escape our omniscient (all-knowing) Creator’s notice. More than 2,500 years ago He told the prophet, Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5). God knows us more intimately than any person ever could and is able to give our lives purpose and meaning unlike any other. He not only formed us through His wisdom and power, but He also sustains every moment of our existence—including the personal details that occur every moment without our awareness: from the beating of our hearts to the intricate functioning of our brains. Reflecting on how our heavenly Father holds together every aspect of our existence, David exclaimed, “How precious to me are your thoughts, God!” (Psalm 139:17).
God is closer to us than our last breath. He made us, knows us, and loves us, and He’s ever worthy of our worship and praise.
For what aspect of God’s care would you like to praise Him this moment? How can you encourage someone with the thought that He cares for them today? You are therefore preserved to serve Serve. Serving others does not come naturally to me. I’m a self-centered person. I like it my way. It’s not something I’m proud of, but unfortunately, it’s true.
I’m not the only one. All of us can be a bit self-centered. By nature, we are selfish people. Just think about it: you don’t have to teach a child to be selfish. According to Jesus, life is not all about us, and yet everything in our culture (including that burger place) tries to tell us to have it our way. Christianity is love in action.
One of the quickest ways to forget about God is to be consumed with “self.” Jesus had pretty direct words for those who wanted to follow Him. He said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24 NIV
God wants us to have it His way. And He’s not talking about extra meat, hold the lettuce.
Speaking of food, Jesus made a statement that should make us pause before we order our next burger. “My food … is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:34 NIV
Imagine being able to say, “My food is to serve God. My food is to please Him. My food is to complete the assignment God sent me to do. My food is to do the will of my Father and to finish His work.” That’s a different kind of nourishment. That’s living with divine direction.
When all of the culture says, “Fill yourself,” God tells us to fill others.
When the people around us say, “Get all you can! It’s all about you,” God wants us to contribute rather than to consume. When all of the culture says, “Fill yourself,” God tells us to fill others. God didn’t create us to be takers. He created us to be givers. Rather than focusing on our desires, we are called to focus on the needs of others. Instead of cutting to the front of the line, we are called to wait at the end. God created us to serve.
This kind of living will change your story.
Think about it. The stories you love reminiscing about are the ones when you helped your neighbor, got involved at church, or gave something away. That’s because we were made to serve just as Jesus did on earth. The decision to serve may not feel natural for you. It wasn’t always for me. But I’ve realized serving isn’t something we do. A servant is who we’re called to be. Because when we serve, we become like Christ.
Amazing Lord, forgive me when I look to the things of this world for refreshment. You made me to be with You and only You can truly refresh me. Please help me to come wearily before You to find refreshment in You
Thank You for holding me up and getting me through every moment of the day. God, show me how,who and where You are calling me to serve in Jesus Name.