He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake (PSALM 23:3 ESV).
This literally means, God leads me in “the right path.” The wrong path is the path of danger, despair, and disillusionment. When sheep don’t follow the shepherd, this is where they find themselves.
But if a good shepherd is leading, the sheep will not take the path to wild animals and cliffs but to green grass and still waters. A shepherd never guides his sheep to destruction. He guides them only into the places that are right and nourishing for them.
52 Weeks Through the Psalms
Life consists of making decisions. Some of our choices work out well, others not so much. From the latter, we often need to make new decisions that will help us recover from having chosen the wrong path. How many fewer wrong ways we would take and foolish decisions we would make if we followed the shepherd as he leads us in the right paths—the “paths of righteousness.
Are you walking through a narrow place right now because of a faulty decision? Then consider following your Lord back onto “the right path” of restoration. Perhaps you are now at the point of facing a life-altering decision. How will you make the best choice? First, bring your situation to your shepherd and lay the alternatives before him. Speak to him of all that concerns you. Then see how your shepherd answers. His response may come through a promise from the word of God. It may come from a trusted counselor or friend. Or it may come as the shepherd himself revises your circumstances, making the right decision obvious. In all matters, trust the shepherd’s lead.
James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.