He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. –Psalm 23:3
The idea of “restoring one’s soul” has the idea of going back to a previous condition, a more right condition.
This is something that every Christian needs – to go back to, or return to the first love condition of our heart.
When we set our minds toward that goal, God meets us there. It’s our decision, but it’s His power that accomplishes it in us. Jesus said that part of the role of the Spirit in our lives, would be that grief would be turned to joy –John 16:20. That is an act of restoration that only the Spirit can accomplish.
Jesus said of the role of the Spirit: “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth…” John 16:13 The Spirit leads us into truth. He uses many methods; He speaks to us in our conscience, He speaks to us in the word, and He often speaks to us in others who are led by Him. He is not limited in how He chooses to lead us however, and can reveal truth, and give us direction however He wills. He is a faithful guide.
Like any work of God in our lives, there is no room or intent for us to take credit. Though we choose God’s direction as a response, called repentance, it is His power that accomplishes the work -He gets the glory!
Jesus said, of this work of the Spirit in our lives,… “He will glorify Me” –John 16:14
All of these things work in us, for our benefit, but they make His name great, not ours.
The Spirit works in the heart of the humbled, to restore, to lead, but never to exalt us.
He is exalted.