We have already covered the first part of Psalm 23 verse 2. Let’s look at the second part of verse 2 and verse 3, which reads: “…he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake”( Psalm 23: 2b – 3). This is in keeping with the rest of the Psalm 23; because, we see God lovingly providing for our needs. This scene is one of peace and true pleasure.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake (verse 3). The New Living Translation puts Psalm 23:3 this way: “He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.” We cannot lie down in green pastures on this earth forever, but we can constantly come to God and receive renewed strength in Him.
I remember when I was going through basic training (this was training that all are required to complete before becoming soldiers in the army). I knew that my strength, many times, had failed when I went through basic training. There were so many times when I found strength in prayer to God. He heard me as I cried out to Him for needed strength.
Notice that God does not only give strength, but He also leads us. He shows us the way to go. Because He leads us, we can rightly conclude that He has gone before us and knows what is ahead of us. Once God is leading us we can make it wherever we may go. This is encouraging news! When you and I are following God, no matter where we go He knows the destination. Our guide knows where He is going. He is familiar with the depressions in the path, the stones that may seem too many, and the length of that particular way. God goes before us, and yet, He is with us at the same time.
God takes seriously His name. For His name’s sake can be interpreted His reputation. God’s promises are yea and amen. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He does not promise that we will never get in the fire; instead, He promises that in the fire He will be with us. Even if we lose this earthly life for Christ’s sake we will receive a heavenly home and eternal life.
How comforting are these words! They are joyous reminders of the love of God to us. We are living in tough times. There are so many uncertainties around us, but God wants to give us peace and strength to endure this life. The Good Shepherd is leading; will we follow?