“He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3 NASB)
As I read this verse and prayed about it, at first nothing came to my mind. I wondered what to write for this Tuesday Together devotional. In His faithfulness, God has been teaching me about this verse and I have been learning 3 things:
- Restore: it means return, put back, bring back. Sometimes we cannot see whether God is working or not and our days become like time has stopped. But if you feel the same way, just bring yourselves back to the Lord intentionally. Do not go far. We have to come back to Jesus as soon as possible. Because sometimes it is not easy to come back to your position as the daughter of the highest King. My last several months were full of discouragements, lack of self-confidence and disappointments. God restored my soul and put my faith back to Jesus. He changed my attitudes and mindsets through His words and his people. He makes my faith much stronger. Yes He restores my soul in many ways and also by this verse Psalm 19:7: “The law of the Lord is perfect reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”
- For His name’s sake: The opposite word is for my name’s sake. We often face this kind of situation. Believe it or not, I sometimes feel like singing for others when I lead the worship team. And It is a battle within myself. For His name’s sake or for my name’s sake this is our choice and I realized that for His name’s sake He does things for His people. Therefore, I would rather make the right choices for His name’s sake and for my good.
- Paths of righteousness: I would say it is not always nice and happy when we choose a path of righteousness. It needs more patience sometimes. On the contrary, doing the wrong thing is so easy. In addition, the enemy always says to us that our decisions are always wrong. But I want to tell him, No, you are wrong. God says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. His words always restore my soul. Of course, Dad’s always right.
Questions to Ponder:
When did you make the right decision even though it seemed so hard? If you remember, I want to encourage you. You did a great job! For His name’s sake, God really leads us in paths of righteousness.
Even in the hardest moments, do you really thank God?
Prayer of Response:
Dear God, every day we make so many decisions, but I want to make every decision for Your glory and for Your name’s sake. Please give us the wisdom to choose the right one. Today I am so grateful for Your Goodness, God, Your words, Your grace, blessings, gifts, and mercy. Please teach us to be grateful even when we face hard times, and to be more confident because we know that everything is for our good and He leads us in the right direction. All praise to You God! In Jesus name, Amen.
—Submitted by Michka Gantulga
I am Michka, an ordinary person who is chosen by Him. My full name is Munkhtsetseg Gantulga. I live in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and currently work in a financial fund. I am a worship team member leading a small team in Immanuel church. Leader of the female youth group and home church /mini church/ of Immanuel assembly.