Paths of Righteousness

Few things are meant to last forever. Materials wear out. Parts break and need replacing. Nothing does well for very long without regular maintenance. Even more so than physical objects, our souls need to be mended too.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” – Psalm 23:3

Even the strongest rocks get eroded down by constant wind and rain, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that our souls can be weakened, our resolve to do what’s right becoming strained under the pressure of accumulated darkness. The weight of this world can bear down on us heavily if we don’t seek the help we need often, and that help comes to us as our great Shepherd, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

When the going gets hard, the believer hits his knees. We know that our most effect fighting stance is with our face before the Lord, yielding all to Him. Whatever it is that has beaten us down is no match for our good Shepherd, and through Him we can find the strength to stand and face the day. “Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. (Psalm 105:4)”

One of the best verses in regard to the restoration He gives us come in Matthew 11:28-30, which reads “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

When we are low, we need to remember above all things that He is capable of lifting us up from even the lowest pits. No matter how dark things may seem, no matter how distant hope may appear, there is light at the end of the tunnel and that light is reaching out to you in love. Pray to the Lord for the strength you need to find your way to the light again. He is Hope. He is truth. And He is right there with you, even in your darkest, lowest moment.

In our obedience to His call, in the moment we recognition His unfailing love, we can know that His desire to be our all is as paramount as it is ubiquitous. He calls us all to Him, but precious few actually heed the call. As Spurgeon said, “If we could be saved from wrath, and yet remain unregenerate, impenitent sinners, we should not be saved as we desire, for we mainly and chiefly pant to be saved from sin and led in the way of holiness. All this is done out of pure free grace; “for his name’s sake.” It is to the honour of our great Shepherd that we should be a holy people, walking in the narrow way of righteousness. If we be so led and guided we must not fail to adore our heavenly Shepherd’s care.”

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” – Psalm 55:22

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