A Psalm we hear at funerals… yes, true refreshing and restoration comes from God. I believe God desires this for each one of us. We cannot live out what God has planned for us to be without this refreshing time. It’s like a cold glass of water when thirst comes. It’s a healing salve when we are sick. It’s rest when we are exhausted. All these examples are physical but this verse speaks of refreshing the soul. We do not consider that our souls might need care in our culture. Lots and lots of groups, blogs, articles and info about our physical health in our world. Some are even obsessed with this. Obsessed with a body that will return to the earth. We have it all wrong. Our priorities are out of order.
My friend, take care of your soul. It’s the part of you that matters. Never mind the body! It’s only a temporary home! Christian,it’s your soul that will live on forever! Take care of your soul. How? Clean it up. Help it heal. Confession is good for the soul, confession to God and mankind. Express your hurt and your pain. God is listening. Reach out for healing! Refuse to allow bitterness to take root. We cannot shine if we are seeing the world through the things the enemy has thrown at us. It’s time to fight for our souls. It’s the strong who seek council, therapy, confession to a spiritual leader.
True refreshing comes from God, not from food, travel, new material things or people. Purge your life of the things that clutter your soul. Sin can take root very easily. Run from it! It damages and destroys. God’s plan is greater! God will free you and empower you. Lord, reveal to us what we need to purge from our lives. Heal us. Refresh us. We are Yours.
“He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
Psalms 23:3 ESV