I want you to take your Bible and turn with me please to Psalm twenty three and we're continuing this series of Bible studies in Psalm twenty-three. We've already had a wonderful time studying Psalm twenty-three and today we're going to be looking primarily at verse three. He restoreth my soul, he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake; Just get Psalm twenty-three and keep it open there in your lap if you didn't bring a Bible with you, look there in the pew rack before you. Most likely, there will be one and open it up to Psalm twenty-three. That ought to be just about in the middle of your Bible. Now, while you open, look up here and I want to ask you a question. What do the following men have in common? Jacob, David, Samson, Simon Peter, John Mark, and Adrian Rogers. Well, I'll tell you what they all have in common. They're all men of God who love God who have gotten out of fellowship with God Who've been brought back into fellowship with God. And you could add your name to that list too. It is the nature of a sheep to wander and to stray. It is the nature of a sheep sometimes to get away from the shepherd. Prone to wander, Lord I feel it; prone to leave the God I love. But it is the nature of the shepherd to restore his sheep. No wonder David exalted, that David who got so far away from God, no wonder he gloried to write Psalm twenty-three, The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He restoreth my soul. I want to talk to you today about how to get right with God and how to stay right with God. How to get right with God if you're not right with God; how to get right with God, and if you. are right with God, and when you do get right with God, how to stay right with God. Now, folks, if we're not right, we need to get right, and if we are right, we need to stay right and that's what David is talking about in Psalm twenty-three and verse three. He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Now, Many of us become what, uh, the Bible calls backsliders. Now, a backslider is not lost. A backslider is a saved person who is out of fellowship with God. A somebody who's already been saved. You have to go somewhere before you can slide back. But he's not lost. Uh, the Bible says God speaks of himself as being married to the backslider, there is, that, there is, there is a bond there that cannot be broken. But while that uh relationship with God cannot be broken, that fellowship with God can be broken and the joy can be lost, and therefore David prayed in Psalm fifty-one, Restore unto me the Joy of thy salvation. He didn't say, Lord, restore thy salvation. He never lost his salvation. He lost the joy of his salvation and he wanted to be restored and God did restore him and David could say, He restoreth my soul. Now, I want to tell you how the Lord restores us. I want to give you three wonderful truths. I've thought about these things. I have studied ...
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