In verse three, David wrote, “He restores my soul.” David believed that even those under the care of the Great Shepherd could need restoration. He knew what it was like to be cast down and dejected. He knew what it was like to be in deep anguish and despair. Sheep, like humans, can be “cast” down when their center of gravity is off. For example, sheep will continually go to the same spot to lie down. As they get used to being in that place, they cause ruts in the ground, deeper and deeper until the ground starts sloping. As they lay down in these ruts and lean to one side, they slowly end up on their backs. Eventually, unable to help themselves, they start flailing away and kicking their feet, and they remain that way until the blood circulation to the legs stops and a loss of feeling takes place.
He restores us
The only way they can be restored back to the flock is by the shepherd himself. He must go to the individual sheep, turn it over and massage the legs until the circulation returns. It is only then that the “cast” sheep are able to come back to the flock fully restored.
Just like the sheep, when we return to the same thing repeatedly and become too comfortable in our ways, we find ourselves in a rut. We can become cast down, dejected, and often find ourselves in deep despair, unable to get out of the rut on our own. It takes the hand of our Good Shepherd, Yeshua, to pick us up and restore us back to His flock again.