“He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness…” (Psalm 23:3)
In the most popular psalm written by David, he shares the key to living well and dying well in the opening statement. When we can say that the Lord is our shepherd we can say that we have green pastures, still waters and the knowledge that the paths in which we are moving are the right paths for us. This all happens when He makes us lie down. But when we get up, the green pastures turn brown and the still waters are disturbed again.
That’s when He gives us a prescription for restoration: He leads me in the paths of righteousness. The second time in this psalm David writes ‘He leads me,’ he uses a different Hebrew word that means He drives me into the paths of righteousness, perhaps for some time, even years. He then uses the discipline of those paths of righteousness to restore my soul.
The word “rehabilitation” in its Latin root means “to invest again with dignity.” It, too, is a prescription for restoration. When we need restoration or rehabilitation we should not look for a cheap one. God’s prescription for restoration in the Shepherd Psalm of David is not a cheap prescription for rehabilitation. It takes time and it’s costly, but it works. It has worked for me and for scores of others I know personally. It can also work for you.
When you suffer great loss you can focus on what you have lost and be depressed, or you can focus on what you still have and be restored. Are you willing to join those who invest again with dignity?