The soul is the deepest part of myself. It is the part that needs to be reached in order for wholeness to be received. I rarely have access to my soul, but occasionally when I am very quiet, my soul will show up. In my practice of Christian disciplines, I find that one of their main functions is to allow my soul to come out from its secret place, to be then recognized and ultimately restored. The restoration of the soul is fundamental to our redemption.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness[b]
for his name’s sake. – Psalm 23:3 ESV
The “path of righteousness” intrigues me for I think they are all here in this Psalm as a path of discipleship. First there is the green grass and quiet waters which provide refreshment. Secondly, there is the valley of the shadow of death. Thirdly, the path that leads to a table full of all sorts of good things for me even though my enemies surround me. The last destination is where discipleship always ends – the house of the Lord or for me today, being in His presence.
You see, that is where I find refreshment that matters. All power and glory in the universe belong to God. He knows everything. Rest leads to trust and trust leads to peace. Peaceful rest is the open door to hearing God and discerning His will.