Are We There Yet? (Week 3)
Are We There Yet? (Week 3) - Psalms 23: 3a Renews my soul! 6/28/2020
Psalms 23 (1) A psalm by David. The LORD is my shepherd. I am never in need. (2) He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside peaceful waters. (3) He renews my soul. He guides me along the paths of righteousness for the sake of his name. (4) Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, because you are with me, I fear no harm. Your rod and your staff give me courage. (5) You prepare a banquet for me while my enemies watch. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. (6) Certainly, goodness and mercy will stay close to me all the days of my life, and I will remain in the LORD'S house for days without end. If you have ever taken a road trip, you have probably heard these four words.
ARE WE THERE YET? They come from an anxious desire to get to the destination as quick as possible. During this time of uncertainty and waiting, many want this season to be over. Studying Psalm 23 can encourage our souls knowing that God with us in the journey to the destination. There is purpose in the trip.
3a – He renews my soul. He renews my soul - literally, “He causes my life to return
Psalms 19:7 The teachings of the LORD are perfect. They renew the soul. The testimony of the LORD is dependable. It makes gullible people wise.
Psalms 51:10, 12 Create a clean heart in me, O God, and renew a faithful spirit within me. Restore the joy of your salvation to me and provide me with a spirit of willing obedience.
Psalms 85:4-7 (4) Restore us, O God, our savior. Put an end to your anger against us. (5) Will you be angry with us forever? Will you ever let go of your anger in the generations to come? (6) Won't you restore our lives again so that your people may find joy in you? (7) Show us your mercy, O LORD, by giving us your salvation.
Jeremiah 32:37-42 (37) I am going to gather the people from all the lands where I scattered them in my anger, fury, and terrifying wrath. I will bring them back to this place and make them live here securely. (38) They will be my people, and I will be their God. (39) I will give them the same attitude and the same purpose so that they will fear me as long as they live. This will be for their own good and for the good of their children. (40) I will make an eternal promise to them that I will never stop blessing them. I will make them fear me so that they will never turn away from me. (41) I will enjoy blessing them. With all my heart and soul I will faithfully plant them in this land. (42) "This is what the LORD says: As I brought all these disasters on these people, so I will bring on them all these blessings that I have promised them.
Returns us back from what? Ourselves… Psalms 56:13 You have rescued me from death. You have kept my feet from stumbling so that I could walk in your presence, in the light of life.
1 Corinthians 10:12 So, people who think they are standing firmly should be careful that they don't fall.
1 Corinthians 10:13 There isn't any temptation that you have experienced which is unusual for humans. God, who faithfully keeps his promises, will not allow you to be tempted beyond your power to resist. But when you are tempted, he will also give you the ability to endure the temptation as your way of escape.
God’s Word restores… Psalms 1:1-3 Blessed is the person who does not follow the advice of wicked people, take the path of sinners, or join the company of mockers. Rather, he delights in the teachings of the LORD and reflects on his teachings day and night. He is like a tree planted beside streams- a tree that produces fruit in season and whose leaves do not wither. He succeeds in everything he does.
James 1:22-25 Do what God's word says. Don't merely listen to it, or you will fool yourselves. If someone listens to God's word but doesn't do what it says, he is like a person who looks at his face in a mirror, studies his features, goes away, and immediately forgets what he looks like. However, the person who continues to study God's perfect teachings that make people free and who remains committed to them will be blessed. People like that don't merely listen and forget; they actually do what God's teachings say.
Prayer restores… Psalms 37:5 Entrust your ways to the LORD. Trust him, and he will act on your behalf.
James 5:13-18 If any of you are having trouble, pray. If you are happy, sing psalms. If you are sick, call for the church leaders. Have them pray for you and anoint you with olive oil in the name of the Lord. (Prayers offered in faith will save those who are sick, and the Lord will cure them.) If you have sinned, you will be forgiven. So admit your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you will be healed. Prayers offered by those who have God's approval are effective. Elijah was human like us. Yet, when he prayed that it wouldn't rain, no rain fell on the ground for three-and-a-half years. Then he prayed again. It rained, and the ground produced crops.
Praise restores… Psalms 146:1-2 Hallelujah! Praise the LORD, my soul! I want to praise the LORD throughout my life. I want to make music to praise my God as long as I live.
Philippians 4:4-8 Always be joyful in the Lord! I'll say it again: Be joyful! Let everyone know how considerate you are. The Lord is near. Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks. Then God's peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable.
Community restores… Hebrews 10:23-25 We must continue to hold firmly to our declaration of faith. The one who made the promise is faithful. We must also consider how to encourage each other to show love and to do good things. We should not stop gathering together with other believers, as some of you are doing. Instead, we must continue to encourage each other even more as we see the day of the Lord coming.
“God knows what He is doing with me!”
A quote from “A Shepherd looks at Psalm 23” by Phillip Keller