You might be hard pressed to find a passage of scripture more powerful than Psalm 23. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” It is a powerful passage of scripture but when we take time to think about who wrote it (David) and then some of the things that David walked through in his life it becomes even more important. See, David had a great many things in this world that he could have put his confidence in, things like money and reputation and relationships. But as often is the case, these things did not serve him well. So what did he come back to? “He makes me lie down in green pastures. He restores my soul.”
The stuff of this world falls, fails, and is broken. Just like us. But God is none of those things and does not fail. He is our restoration, he is rest, and he is our refreshment. David knew this well and always turned back to God. The stuff of the world gets in the way and can distract us, but it cannot restore us. As we walk towards the new year let us take some time to stop and reflect on where we are finding the restoration of our soul. May we be turning towards the green pastures of our savior Jesus Christ.