How does God refresh our souls (Psalm 23:3)?

 Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake. (NIV)

Psalms 23:3

ESV - 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Aside from the ways in which the thought in this verse is expressed in the translations noted in the question, other versions of Scripture render it as, "He renews my strength," and "He gives me new strength."

Every human grows tired and in need of rest or reinvigoration (physically, mentally, emotionally, or all of those) at times. In such a state, they are weakened, and are functioning at less than desired or maximum capability (in addition to perhaps being more vulnerable to sin or temptation). David is saying that, at such times, God (a source of infinite strength who never tires or grows weary) gives him new or added power in those respects in order to be able to deal with whatever challenges may be confronting him.

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Likewise with sheep, so with Christians, some essential standards apply which will assist us with grasping how a man or lady can be "cast." 

There is, above all else, the thought for searching for a weakness. The sheep that pick the agreeable, delicate, adjusted hollows in the ground in which to rest/cast all the time become thrown/cast (Ps 42:5, 11). In such a circumstance it is so natural to turn over on their backs. 

In the Christian life, there is a risk in continually searching for the simple spot, the comfortable corner, the agreeable position where there is no difficulty, no requirement for perseverance, no interest in self-control (self-discipline).

Here and there if, through guilty pleasure, I am reluctant to relinquish or forego the delicate life, the easy way, the comfortable corner, at that point the Good Shepherd may well move me to a field where things aren't exactly so agreeable - to my benefit, yet additionally His advantage also. 

There is the viewpoint, as well, of a sheep having a lot of fleece. Frequently when the downy wool turns out to be extremely long, and vigorously tangled with mud, excrement, burrs, and different debris, it is a lot simpler for a sheep to become thrown/cast, truly overloaded with its fleece... Here is the place I discover the persistent gathering of things, of assets, of worldly thoughts starting to burden me, drag me down, hold me down. It is noteworthy that no esteemed minister was ever permitted to wear fleece when he entered the Holy of Holies.

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