When we are in need of restoration in our lives, it is good to meditate on a favorite passage of Scripture. It reminds us of Who God is and what He will do for us. If you need restoration, consider this Japanese version of the twenty-third Psalm:
He makes me stop for quiet intervals
He provides me with images of stillness which restore my serenity
He leads me in the way of efficiency through calmness of mind and
His guidance is peace
Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day,
I will not fret, for His presence is here
His timelessness, His all importance will keep me in balance
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity by anointing my mind with the oils of tranquility
Truly harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruits of my hours for I shall walk in the Pace of my Lord and dwell in his house forever.
Discussion and Sharing Guide
1. In what ways are you “stressed out” right now?
2. In what areas of your life do you most need “restoration”?
3. Which of the above verses of this psalm speaks most clearly to you?
4. In your prayertime, personalize this psalm by putting your name in each verse and letting the Lord speak directly to you.
Reference: God’s Little Lessons on Life