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The Soul’s Restoration

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Psalm 23:3a

March 9

1The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3He restores my soul. 
He leads me in the paths of righteousness 
for His name’s sake.
23 LESSONS FROM THE 23RD PSALM PART 2: LESSONS 9-11

W.A. Criswell said, “ ‘He restoreth my soul, He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.’ First the man is accepted. He is restored, “He restoreth my soul.” That’s first, then the works that God we pray will bless. It is so in the tabernacle and in the temple. First is the altar, the sacrifice, the atonement for sins and then the door into the house of God, into the sanctuary of the Lord. First the man is atoned for. First he is accepted. Then he approaches God.”
The Soul’s Restoration. “He restores my soul” (v. 3a). My soul can be restored! How? What does that mean? Notice what bookends this part of the psalm--Before: “He leads beside the still waters.” After: “He leads me in paths of righteousn…