Some Bible versions translate this phrase as “He restores my soul.” The modern era has often been called the psychotherapeutic age. More people are seeing counselors than ever before; more counselors are in business than ever before. Something must be wrong with the soul. Indeed, there is. Cause are numerous, complicated, and controversial.
But this much is certain: Many people are unhappy and don’t know why. Their sense of self-worth is bruised by job loss; their sense of moral rightness shattered by divorce, bad decisions, or children who have rejected family values. People need help.
Perhaps, after food and shelter, renewing and restoring the soul is the most practical need we have. A restored soul.
- Does not take the blame for every problem in the world but does accept personal responsibility and intends, by forgiveness and reconciliation, to restore broken relationships.
- Does not run itself into the ground with criticism but does cheerfully accept gifts and weaknesses as God’s grant to live to His glory.
- Does not dwell on failure-or believe failure to be inevitable-but does count on the promises of God as the one sure hope.
PSALM 23:3 – 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.