- The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
- He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
- He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
- Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
- You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
- Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
We know that the Lord is our shepherd. With Him in our life there’s not anything that we want for. We also know that He makes us to lie down in green pastures and He leads us beside the still waters. Verse 3 says, “He restores my soul. He leads me in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
When you think about what David has written here we can get an interesting picture. Yes, the Lord who is our shepherd makes us to lie down in green pastures, but do you think he wants us to stay there. Do you think that once we have laid down that the Lord won’t ever want us to go anywhere else? The answer to that question is no, absolutely not! We have to go somewhere in order for us to fulfill the Great Commission that God has called us to.
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,”. If all we ever do is sit around and soak in what God wants to give us then we never complete what God has for us.
God has greatness for us that we have to embrace. If we let the things that can get us down, keep us down, then we will never do what God wants for us. It is important for us to lie down in green pastures, let Him lead us beside the still waters and restore us to where we need to be, in order for us to accomplish all that God has for us.
Have you received any bad news for your life lately? Have you gotten a bad report from the doctor? Have you been called into the boss’s office to find out you no longer have a job? Have you had an argument with someone that you love? Whatever the problem is, Jesus can restore you. There will be times that we need to be made to lie down in green pastures, so that the shepherd can restore us.
Though the green pastures nourish, the Lord does not want us to lie around the rest of our lives. When we have gained strength, he leads us out from the pasture onto the trail of life, the “paths of righteousness”. It is during this time that we can testify of how God brought us out of our low time. We are walking the “paths of righteousness.”
My walk is for “His name’s sake.” He causes me to stay on a straight path, a narrow, grooved trail of right rather than wrong, obedience rather than rebellion, service rather than self-absorption, discipline rather than impulse, and cross-bearing rather than indulgence. We know the distinction of this because John 10:4 tells us, “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.”
We are His sheep, therefore when we walk through life, we represent the father. He leads us in the paths of righteousness. As He leads and we follow His leading, everything that we do should lead others to the good shepherd.
Are you walking in the paths of righteousness? Then testify. Don’t stay in the green pastures. Fulfill the purpose that God has called you to. David wrote, “He restores my soul, He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”