HE restores my soul. HE leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake (Ps 23:3)
God is the one that can restore a soul. Maybe you are in a situation where your soul is dry, barren and withering. Yet, HE is the great restorer. The Creator of your soul, knows how to restore it. The way of restoration is through a path of righteousness. A path where wrongs are being brought to the Shepherd, forgiveness obtained and restitution is made with those whom we have wronged. This path is there for His name's sake. HE made this path, through paying for sin by His own blood. Christ became the offering... it is for His sake that we may draw close and walk on this path of restoration, so that He might receive the full reward of His suffering on the cross. It is for his name's sake that we might pray also for the forgiveness and restoration of those around us.
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. (Ps 23:2)
The Shepherd knows what his flock needs. He knows the best places to feed his flock. He also knows the places where the waters are still and where his sheep can drink water from the stream. As sheep's wool can become saturated with water when they drink, they might drown. The Shepherd knows this and therefore leads them to places of quiet waters, where they will be safe. If you find yourself in a difficult spot, why not mending your ways with your Shepherd and trust Him to lead you to the green pastures and still waters?
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Ps 23:1)
Within this simple statement of king David lies a profound truth. It is a truth about his relationship with God. Kowing the goodness of the Lord, and that He is his shepherd, that He will provide what is needed. It is within this relationship, that we might find rest.
And when He was in the house He asked them, "What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?" But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest. And HE sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "If anyone desires to be first, he shall be lsat of all and servant of all." Mark 33-35
Jesus had told His disciples that he was about to die. Yet their focus was not with Him, but with themselves and their positions. Putting His finger on the nerve, he probed them on what occupied their hearts. Within their hearts there was no peace and harmony but a dispute, a revalry for positions. Then Jesus gave a verdict... a striving for a position is in God's kingdom a disquilifier. God seeks out those, who faithfully feed His little lambs, and care for the weak ones of His flock.
I have streched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, Who walk in a way that is not good, Acording to their own thoughts; a people who provoke Me to anger continually to My face (Isaiah 65:2-3)
Within these words, we learn something of God's heart. He the High King is stretching out His hand towards us... all day long. It should have been the other way around, we stretching out our hand towards Him for help. We waiting on Him for an answer. Yet within these sad words, we hear of people who do not wait on Him, but do their own thing - a rebellious lot, who provoke Him with their actions. While His heart is to gather, in open rebellion they keep on rebelling. Yet in His grace he acted as High priest and saved by his own blood the murderer on the cross next to Him who called on Him for mercy.
You are the potter
But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand. (Is 64:8)
within this portion, Isaiah reminds us of our position - mere clay in the hand of our heavenly Father. We cannot command the Potter what to do, as he does as he seems fit to the clay. We might not understand, but He knows, and because He knows we can be at peace if we have yielded our all into His hands.
the trees of the Lord are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. In them the birds build their nests (PS 104:16-17)
Within this text, it speaks about the trees of the Lord, those that he had planted he waters. The cedars grow strong and upright, providing shade for many others. Likewise, when being sustained by God, our lives become a place of rest and shelter for others against the storm.
there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death (Prov 14:12)
God's way is so much different than the intentions of mankind. The normal minded man is prone to gather things for himself. God's intention is to give Himself to save the lost. This costly price was paid on Calvary. God requires his children to act according to His intentions for others.
to walk upright!
He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him (Prov 14:2)
God tests our love for Him through our everyday dealings with those around us. What is in our hearts overflows in our lives and becomes evident to all. What happens in the innerrooms of our hearts, whether good or bad, soon transpire through all our deeds. Those faithfull alone, walks upright before God.
do not worry...
Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matt 6:31-34
Within this portion, Jesus commands us not to be anxious. There are many things in this life one can be anxious for, however only one thing is needed. That is to ensure one's relationship with God is right. If this is in place, all the other things will fall in place as well.