The Right Path

He leads me in paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Himnot for my earning it but] for His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3b AMP

Are you on the right path?

The shepherd leads the sheep on specific paths to keep them from danger and out of trouble, to help them find what is best for them. He knows where they need to go. He knows the best path for them.

Our Good Shepherd knows the best path for each of us as well. He leads us as a shepherd leads his sheep. He leads us by His Word and His providence.

Psalm 32:8 AMP “I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”

God’s Word leads us. Psalm 119:105 tells us “Your word is a light to my feet and a lamp to my path.”  Have you gotten up in the night just to head to the bathroom, your path dark, and although you know your way well, you forget you left your shoes there, and trip? A light or a lamp would have kept you from falling, it would have shown you the way. God’s Word shows us the way in which we should go.

God also leads us by His providence. J. Vernon McGee defined providence as “the hand of God”… “in the glove of human events.”  The Holman Bible Dictionary defines it as ” God’s faithful and effective care and guidance of everything which He has made toward the end which He has chosen.” He brings about all that He has determined. He performs in mysterious ways. Psalm 121 tells us that He is our “keeper.”

The shepherd is the keeper of the sheep, and our Good Shepherd is our Keeper. I find that so comforting. He sees me and He keeps me. He is watching over me and watching out for me. It is because He sees me, because I can count on Him being my Keeper, I can move forward in my day. I know He is there to lead and to guide me.

Proverbs 4:26  AMP says”Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright.”

What paths are you considering? Have you consulted the Lord for His guidance? Do you look to Him to lead you?

The Eastern shepherd always leads the sheep, but he does not always go in front of them. He often will walk along side of them and sometimes he will walk behind them. When the shepherd walks behind them, it is usually at night when they are going into the fold. This way he can gather up the straggler, and protect the flock from attacks of wild animals. The shepherd is where he needs to be for his sheep according to their needs as they walk the path.

Our Shepherd knows where He needs to be, as we go through life, so that He may lead us. He will not always do it in the same way. He knows how we will respond best. He knows how to most effectively fulfill His purposes in our lives.

Our Good Shepherd leads us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. If you are a believer, a Christian, you carry His name. How you live your life is a reflection on Him. He wants us to be on the right paths so that we bring honor and glory to His name.

Seek Him today for leading, so that you can know the way in which you should go.  He is with you, to lead and to guide. He is your Keeper.

 

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Soul Restoration

Psalm 23:3a  AMP “He refreshes and restores my life (myself).”

He restores my life, literally, this means He causes my life to return to me. To restore means to replenish.

Jeremiah 31:15 AMP says, “For I will [fully] satisfy the weary soul and I will replenish every languishing and sorrowful soul.”

Psalm 107:9 KJV says “For He satisfieth the longing soul and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”

Do you feel weary? Life can become overwhelming with all of the expectations that we must deal with in our various roles.

Are you filled with sorrow? Has someone dear to you left or passed away?

Are you filled with deep longing? Is their a dream you are waiting to have fulfilled?

Are you hungry with need for love, or for new hope?

The Lord promises to satisfy, or to replenish, or to fill. He knows your souls weariness, the sorrow within, the deep longings you have, and the things you hunger for, where there seems to only be emptiness. He meets us in those places, He restores and replenishes.

He is the God of restoration. Jesus has taken us from sin-sickness to the hope of eternal life through His death and resurrection on the cross. We can have relationship with God, the Father, because of what Jesus did to restore us, if we believe in Jesus, as our Savior.

Satisfying and replenishing are exactly what our souls need for this life. Our Shepherd wants us to know that no matter what the circumstances is, He can restore the condition of our soul. Our souls are restored in knowing the Restorer.

There is nothing more important than knowing the Restorer. All satisfaction is found in what He can do in and through us. All glory and honor belongs to Him for what He has done and what He is yet to do.

His promises are real and true, He is faithful! Look to the Shepherd to meet you, His will is perfect, His love is everlasting. He has all you need to be refreshed and restored.

Still and Restful Waters

Psalm 23:2b AMP “He leads me beside the still and restful waters.”

Still and restful waters, a peaceful place where the sheep can drink and take a rest. This place, that the shepherd takes the sheep to, is a place that they feel safe. Sheep won’t rest if they are fearful. Isn’t that just like us?  The sheep learn to trust the shepherd, and then they can rest in the place he brings them to. They can get a refeshing drink because they feel secure.

A sheep would not follow just any shepherd, they know the sound of their own shepherd’s call. When more than one flock get mixed up together, each shepherd will give call and the sheep, will sort themselves out, finding their own shepherd. They know their shepherd.

You can’t trust just anyone, not every shepherd is the Good Shepherd. Our Good Shepherd really cares for us. He knows us personally. Our Shepherd knows our thirsts, and He knows our physical limits, He knows when we need rest. He also knows that we need to trust Him, to feel secure and have belonging. It takes time. It requires you to see His faithfulness and love, and in time, you realize that He proves Himself. You come to know that He is good, true, and reliable. He is trustworthy. You can count on Him. He leads you safely to a place where your thirst is quenched in Him, and He gives you rest.

A shepherd wants his sheep to drink good, clean water, cool and refreshing. He wants them to be satisfied so that they can rest. Jesus, offers us Living Water, that is His thirst-quenching water. When we are left on our own, like sheep without a shepherd, our thirsts may lead us to seek refreshment in putrid puddle water. Our thirsts are not quenched in the things of this world. We can only be satisfied with the true Living Water.

John 4:14 AMP “But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him, shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.”

When we know we are safe in the everlasting arms of our Lord, we can truly rest. Come and drink, take in the Living Water, and be refreshed. He is with us to continually replenish our thirsts. Be replenished and find rest in Him today.