For whatever reason, I wanted to improve my vocabulary this morning. So, I opened up Merriam-Webster’s website and saw the “word of the day.” The word for today is refection. Not reflection. Refection. This is how Merriam-Webster defines refection: refreshment of mind, spirit, or body; especially: nourishment.

I think this word describes what I so desperately need right now. The only problem I have is that I cannot refresh, renew, or restore my own mind, spirit, or body. I cannot provide myself with the nourishment that I need.

King David knew the truth of this fact as he wrote the 23rd Psalm. This is what he said:

“He (the LORD) restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

Psalm 23:3

David did not write, “I restore my own soul. I can lead myself to walk in paths of righteousness. I will do this for the sake of my own name!” David knew he couldn’t do these things. He needed the LORD to restore his soul. Refection could only come from the LORD, David’s shepherd. Only the Shepherd could nourish David’s mind, soul, spirit, and body. Only the Shepherd could lead David in the paths of righteousness. The LORD does this for His name’s sake, not David’s.

True refection can only come from God. I have no power within myself to restore my own soul. As hard as I may try, I cannot nourish myself. I cannot guide myself in the paths of righteousness. I cannot glorify God’s name in or of myself. I need Him to restore my mind, soul, spirit, and body. Only He has the necessary nourishment for me to feast on. Only He can guide me in paths that please Him and glorify Him.

Perhaps you feel the same need as I do today. If you are longing for refection look no further than what can be found in God’s Word. There you can find the revelation of the LORD who restores through the power of the gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ. In His Word, you will find instruction to walk in paths of righteousness by the power of the Holy Spirit. By obeying and living according to God’s Word you can glorify God. But, you must recognize you can’t do this apart from the Shepherd because “we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned–every one– to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). Only the Shepherd restores and leads us for His name’s sake. Look to Him and He will restore you.

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