Psalm 23 Part 4
— God is our Guide — “He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name sake.”
Physical sheep need guidance from their Master. Sheep easily go the wrong way. They easily get lost if they don’t walk with the other sheep. It is essential for them to listen to the voice of the shepherd. The shepherd will guide them in the best way to go forward and so it is with us. God is our Counsellor and our Guide.
I shall not lack God’s guidance. God does not only guide us to refresh us and to restore us and to grant us salvation through Jesus Christ, but God leads us in paths of righteousness. God leads us to do good works for His glory and His Name sake. Disciples are the light of the world and the salt of the earth. We were made to shine in this world and expel the darkness. We are to fight for what is right. We are to fight for the rights of the pre-born. We are to fight for justice in the courts. We are to fight for the sanctity of life, for the right for parents to discipline their children, for the sanctity of marriage and the covenant of marriage between one man and one woman, etc. We are to fight for our freedoms to proclaim the word of God in our countries and to worship God in our churches and to preach the truth from our pulpits. Psalm 23 says that God will guide us in paths of righteousness. We were saved for the good works that He has appointed for us, so that we may walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). And when God leads us, He does it for His glory, not to build our self-esteem and not to make a great name for ourselves or to get honor for ourselves or so that we can boast about our abilities, but for His Name sake. God saves us for His glory and God leads us for His glory and to His glory. God exists to glorify Himself, and that is a good thing, because if God was not committed to uphold the worth of His glory, He would be unrighteous. God is the most valuable Being in the world. He is most holy and righteous and perfect in every respect and not to glorify Him would be wrong for Him and for us. “He leads me in paths of Righteousness for His Name sake.”