As I’ve studied Psalms 23:3, I’ve loved how God restores our soul by leading us in the paths of righteousness. It’s a picture of rescuing a lost one. In Hebrew, “Restoring my Soul”, literally means, to “Bring Me to Repentance.” What good is it to have what verse two talks about, green pastures and still waters when you have a black soul and constantly live in troubled waters? If the Good Shepherd is going to restore us, He first has to lead us back from the somewhere or the someplace, we’ve walked off too. His goal today, is to lead us back to a right path, His path, a Path of Righteousness.
What path are you on? To answer this question, we first need to understand what the word PATH literally means. It has a two-fold meaning. First it’s A Place, a course of direction, and Second it’s, A Behavior, a course of conduct. Do you realize our behavior can lead is to places we should’ve never gone. You see, attitude’s can become open door’s that lead us down wrong path’s or door’s that open to a right path where His Righteousness can be found. It’s all in how you look at the path, each path always has it’s own destination, that is the critical issue. The nature of the path may be easy or difficult, however this shouldn’t be our focus, we should focus on the destination and where it’s leading us. (Pro. 4:25-26), “Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the paths of your feet and let all your ways be established.” We need to become people that ponder our paths and think carefully about all the decisions and directions we’re taking. We’ve got to stop judging every path in our lives by what they look like or feel like and start seeing and realizing where they’re taking us. Those easy and smooth roads could lead you over a cliff and those tough and rocky ones to the very place you’ve meant to be all along. (Psalms 25:4), Make me to know your ways, O Lord: teach me your paths.”
Without His leading, our path quickly become dark, causing us to stumble. (Pro. 4:19), “The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what they’re stumbling over.” But with His leading, it is bright. (Pro. 4:18), “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter,” were we will run without being hindered or stumbling. The conclusion of verse 3, “For His Name’s Sake”, has lasting impact on the total verse. If we desire restoration of our soul and being led down paths of righteousness we need to live our lives to display the Glory of His Grace. For as He leads, He honors His Name by leading us in His strength and not our efforts. (2 Cor. 4:7), “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” Today, find your path, a Path of Rightousness.
Question: How many paths have you wandered down and is the path your on right now leading you in the right direction and destination?
Key Thought: This pandemic has resulted in a new normal. Our old normal has lost it’s way and given us paths we’ve never walked down before. This new normal, with its new paths should cause us to ponder our lives and it’s new directions. Let’s carefully think about the path we’re taking and chose well so all our ways will be established. The way we choose well is found in Pro. 4:20. ‘My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.