Lessons From The Psalms Pt 2 – Kerrin Wallis [12/08/2018 AM]
He restores my soul
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Jesus restores our soul.
- We can be used and broken – not restored. We are not operating like we should. We feel useless.
- Jesus is in the business of restoring – making us better than new.
- Kerrin has an old fishing rod that he worked on and has restored it to better than the original. We see old cars that have been restored. Photos can show the story of restoration of the cars, but can’t show how much work has gone into making them ‘better than new’.
- Jesus in the restoring process of our lives, restoring our souls, turning us back, returning us to what He wants us to be.
- ‘Soul’ also means life. He restores you to who you are – quickens the soul
- Restoring the exhausted, anxious, worn down by the struggles of life.
- Kerrin’s dad used to physically run down the sheep to catch them so that he could work on them.
- Jesus the Good Shepherd looks for us and restores us (to excite to new effort) to new life, new joy, restoring to us to move forward.
Genesis 18:13-15 (NKJV)
13 And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
15 But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid.
And He said, “No, but you did laugh!”
- Sarah laughed at the thought of bearing a child at 100 years of age, she didn’t believe her body was capable.
- Sometimes it isn’t appropriate to laugh.
- Kerrin’s friends were playing golf, when one of their shots hit another player in the back. Laughing was not appropriate – the hit player didn’t appreciate the laughter, but Kerrin and his friends saw the funny side of it.
- God said I will restore you according to the times of life.
- When Sarah’s son, Isaac was born his presence would have brought laughter again into the home.
- God’s restorative power at work.
- Don’t be stuck and broken – be fully restored in action, excitement and vigour.
- Life can dull you down, but Jesus will heal you and restore you to fruitfulness.
- The Good Shepherd restores you fully, not just to live a passive existence.
- Jesus can restore the things you thought were dead and bring the dreams back to life again.
- He gathers and restores not throws away when you are burned and broken
- God can fix anything. Pray for a move of God to awaken things in our lives – excitement and vision.
- Ask Him to restore apathy to action and vigour.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
- He leads us in the paths of righteousness to sustain us for life when He takes you through water and green pastures.
… let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,
- He restores us to run the race, not for sitting down waiting for something to happen.
- It is YOUR race not anyone else’s. We don’t have to be comfortable.
- We need a sense of purpose, a reason to grow, and He stretches us to endure to the end
- Jesus gives us a reason to overcome our troubles and to get back into the race.
- Our race affects what happens around us for eternity.
- The eternal perspective is affected by how we run our race.
- Your kids are affected by your race. Their future is affected by how we run our race.
2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith
- We need to look to Jesus (the Great Shepherd) and He will lead you on the paths for your life -paths of righteousness.
Psalm 23:3 (NLT)
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honour to his name.
- He doesn’t lead you in rebellion, building your own empire, He leads you on paths of righteousness.
- He brings honour to Him. He will change people’s lives so they can lead others to Him.
- It is me, God and those around me. We ought to affect others lives by the life that we live.
- Be light and soul, not salt that sits in the cupboard.
… And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere
- Church is not about you and me – it’s about reaching out to those who don’t know Him.
Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
- Jesus takes you through the valley – not green grass – marshmallows and happiness
- Scripture tells the truth. When life has valleys God is with you.
- David’s story is of suffering, pain, sin, mistakes, failure, courage, victory, battles, poverty and lack.
- David knew what it was like to be in the valley but you are never alone, God is always with you.
- Hold tight to the Good Shepherd, hang on to Him in the valley and He will bring you through.
- Rachel (Kerrin’s sister) never felt God’s presence more than when she was dying from cancer. She had never felt closer to God.
- The Good Shepherd is with you when you walk through the valley.
- Eternity is on the other side of the Valley.
- Walk through the valley, but step by step stick close to the Shepherd.
- The valley is a place to pass through not camp in it.
- There is still life ahead. The promises of God are still relevant today.
- He has not finished with us yet.
- We will get through the valley. We will get through to the green grass and the still waters.
Jer 29:11 (NKJV)
…to give you a future and a hope
- Be where He is. Don’t run from the Shepherd. There are steps to take in life.
- The valleys are real.
- Trust in God and you will come out again.
- A young man was asked to learn the 23rd Psalm by heart, but he had difficulty remembering it.
- When the time came that the teacher asked him to recite the Psalm, the young man said “The Lord is my Shepherd and that’s all I need to know”.
- Trust in the Good Shepherd. You need to be obedient to the Shepherd and He will lead you into green pastures and living waters.
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
John 10:10 (NLT)
10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
Suggestions for Discussion Questions
- What does God restore you for?
- How much do you feel God’s presence?
- Have you known God’s presence during times of trouble?
- What do you think about the statement “the Church is not about you and me”?