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Psalm 23:3

When we are born, we know nothing, have no plan to follow, and must be taught how to live. Before us are opportunities and options, choices and consequences that await us. Unfortunately, we do not have any “second chances” in life to live our lives over again. No matter how deep our desire may be or how desperate we are, we cannot relive one second nor retrace one step. Each step is final, and every second gone forever.

David, however, says that the Good Shepherd will “lead us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Note carefully that He does not simply want us to understand what righteousness is, but that He leads those who are His own “in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” – so we can avoid the many tragedies that we face in life.

This is very important. The “righteousness” that David is speaking of here is not an end in itself. If it were, it would lead us to a state of “self-righteousness” – not godly righteousness. God does not want us to stray or walk in paths that are unrighteous because they will lead us to defeat and destruction, sin and shame. He wants to lead us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Nothing is more important for us. Why?

Because the Shepherd’s name – His reputation – is at stake. Like it or not, His name will be respected or rejected, honored or harmed, by the way we live. Our lives say it all.

Alexander the Great once said to one of his soldiers, “Your name is Alexander and my name is Alexander. But you are bringing disgrace to my name. Change your name or change the way you live.” So, it’s “righteousness for His names sake”

Prayer: Enable, us Father, to walk righteously in Your power for Your Name’s sake, to honor You. May we take Your reputation seriously! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Psalm 23:3 

When we are born, we know nothing, have no plan to follow and must be taught how to live. Before us are opportunities and options, choices and consequences that await us. Unfortunately, we do not have any “second chances” in life to live our lives over again. No matter how deep our desire may be or how desperate we are, we cannot relive one second nor retrace one step. Each step is final and every second gone forever.
David, however, says that the Good Shepherd will “lead us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Note carefully that He does simply want us to understand what righteousness is, but that He leads His own “in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” – so we can avoid many tragedies in life.
This is very important. The “righteousness” that David is speaking of here is not an end in itself. If it were, it would lead us to a state of “self-righteousness” – not godly righteousness. God does not want us to stray or walk in paths that are unrighteous because they will lead us to defeat and destruction, sin and shame. He wants to lead us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Nothing is more important for us. Why?
Because of the Shepherd’s name – His reputation – is at stake. Like it or not, His name will be respected or rejected by the way we live. Our lives say it all.
Alexander the Great once said to one of his soldiers, “Your name is Alexander and my name is Alexander. But you are bringing disgrace to my name. Change your name or change the way you live.”
PrayerEnable, us Father, to walk righteously in Your power for Your Name’s sake, to honor You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 23:3 He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 
Whenever I look into the eyes of a new born child or watch as little hands and arms reach out for love and affection, I realize, once again, the true meaning of helplessness and hope. It is impossible for that little one to care for itself. Infants know no one or nothing and have to depend completely on others for everything.
And that little one does not know that he or she has only one life to live. Since it is impossible to relive one second of our lives or retrace one step that we take, it is critical to know that God has provided a path and a plan for each of us.
His Word states very clearly, “It is not in man to direct his steps!” If it is not in ourselves, where do we find the directions that each of us need in our lives?
In the Lord!
An insightful king once declared, “He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name!”
If we allow God to guide us and to guard us, He will. But He can only do this if we allow Him to govern our lives. If we choose to go our own way and do our own thing, we cannot expect God to protect us and provide for us. We cannot blame Him for the problems we create, the tragedies that occur or the disasters that await us if we refuse His Lordship!
Our Shepherd has a plan for each of us that will lead us to peaceful meadows and quiet streams.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to surrender our lives completely to You so we may enjoy the good things in life that You have planned for each of us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 23:3 He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
When we are born, we know nothing, have no plan to follow and must be taught how to live. In front of us lie opportunities that are untested and untried. Unfortunately, we do not have any “second chances” in life to live our lives over again. No matter how deep our desire may be or how desperate we are, we cannot relive one second nor retrace one step. Each step is final and every second gone forever.

David, however, says that the Good Shepherd will “lead us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Note carefully that He does simply want us to understand what righteousness is, but that He leads His own “in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”

This is very important. The “righteousness” that David is speaking of here is not an end in itself. If it were, it would lead us to a state of “self-righteousness” - not godly righteousness. God does not want us to stray or walk in paths that are unrighteous because they will lead us to defeat and destruction, sin and shame. He wants to lead us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Nothing is more important for us. Why?

Because of the Shepherd’s name - His reputation - is at stake. Like it or not, His name will be respected or rejected by the way we live. Our lives say it all.

Alexander the Great once said to one of his soldiers, “Your name is Alexander and my name is Alexander. But you are bringing disgrace to my name. Change your name or change the way you live.”

Prayer: Enable, us Father, to walk righteously in Your power for Your Name’s sake, to honor You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Whenever I look into the eyes of a new born child or watch as little hands and arms reach out for love and affection, I realize once again the true meaning of helplessness and hope. It is impossible for that little one to care for itself. Infants know no one or nothing and have to depend completely on others for everything.

And that little one does not know that he or she has only one life to live. Since it is impossible to relive one second of our lives or retrace one step that we take, it is critical to know that God has provided a path and a plan for each of us.

His Word states very clearly, “It is not in man to direct his steps!” If it is not in ourselves, where do we find the directions that each of us need in our lives?

In the Lord!

An insightful king once declared, “He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name!”

If we allow God to guide us and to guard us, He will. But He can only do this if we allow Him to govern our lives. If we choose to go our own way and do our own thing, we cannot expect God to protect us and provide for us. We cannot blame Him for the problems we create, the tragedies that occur or the disasters that await us if refuse His Lordship!

Our Shepherd has a plan for each of us that will lead us to peaceful meadows and quiet streams.

Prayer: Help us, Father, to surrender our lives completely to You so we may enjoy the good things in life that You have planned for each of us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.