Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake . . .
He restores my soul—this means literally, I was dead. He caused my life to return to me. He quickens our soul and causes us to live. The word soul here means life, spirit, and our very existence. The scripture here is referring to when we are exhausted, weary, sad, broken, when the very life has gone out of us. Here God is showing us that even in the most dire of straits, He will bring us back from the dead and give us life, quickening and reviving our spirit when we are beaten down, disheartened and exhausted. He will bring us back when we are weary, troubled, anxious, broken, stomped on, shattered, and overburdened with toil and care. He will breathe into us the breath of life by His Spirit renewing and reanimating us. In His restoration, our life will have new vigor. We will be excited as we are given life anew—joyous, filled with His grace and glory.
He leads me in the “paths of righteousness” refers to the plain paths of His truth and holiness. These paths may sometimes seem rough and rugged to us, but they are not crooked. In Christ there is no turning to the right or to the left. The paths of His righteousness lead straight on to the city of God. These paths are righteous ones, pure ones, and paths of duty. In these paths we are to follow and adhere to His commandments and ordinances. In Christ we are to walk by faith, believing in His righteousness, following His guidance as we overcome all in Him, by His grace and by the word of our testimony that is filled with eternal life in Christ Jesus. May all things in our lives work to exalt Him and the glory and honor of his grace, and not to lift ourselves up or bring attention to ourselves. May His holy name be at the center of all we do and all that we are.
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me . . .
The meaning of the first part of this verse is this: “God will lead and guide us as we walk in His paths of righteousness. As we walk there, we will find that among the path there will be times when we are walking through deep, dark, gloomy valleys—where everything seems hopeless and dismal. Many times in our lives we will walk in darkness, in regions where there is no light to be seen. It will seem as if death itself has cast its dark shadow all around us. It is in those times we can be assured that we are still on the right path, for the path of righteousness is a path of safety, and His path will lead us to where there is light, hope, and promise. It is when we find ourselves in that dark and gloomy valley, when we cannot find our way that we need not be alarmed. We do not need to be afraid of falling, or of becoming lost, for He is there with us. We need not fear that there are enemies hiding in the darkness waiting to assail us. Be assured that our Shepherd is there with us in every path of gloom or sadness, in all trouble or sorrow, in every dark, evil and dangerous place. As we let this verse soak into our spirit we can rest assured that this applies not only to death itself, but it applies to every moment in our lives when we are down, and every fiber of our being is invaded with sadness, loneliness, and sorrow. We can take comfort that our Shepherd will be our guide as we walk in His path.
We need to fear no evil, even though it may seem dark, and simply dreadful. We need not to dread, become anxious, or live in mortal fear. As children of the living God we need not fear even in the deepest, darkest valley we find ourselves in. He is always there with us, guiding us, protecting us, and caring for us. He will always lead us safely through the hardest of times, wrapped in His loving arms. We have nothing to fear in even the darkest hours of our lives, we have nothing to fear in the valley of death, we have nothing to fear in the grave, we have nothing to fear in the world to come as we will forever be with our Lord.
When He says He is with us, that is exactly what He means. “For you are with me” says it all. We may not see Him, but He is there. We may not feel Him, but He is there. As we walk, we do not walk alone, He is there as our companion, our comforter, our protector, our guide, and our help in time of need—HE IS THERE!
We read in God’s Word that there is an appointed time for every person to die. We will all face the reality of dying, but we will not face it alone. As we die, we are surrounded by our loved ones and as they are there holding our hands and as our eyes grow dim, we are not alone—HE IS THERE! As we travel in the valley from one world to the next, Jesus Christ our Savior is there with us, reaching out and taking our hands in His as our loved ones simultaneously release our hands here on earth. As we pass, from this life to the next, we will be in His presence and we will be comforted as we emerge from this world into the heavenly world beyond. All that is needed to wipe away all our fears of death is to be able to say “You are with me”.
- 22 Inspirational Bible Verses http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/22-inspirational-bible-verses/
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- Psalm 23:4 I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me. (calvinistview.com)
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