Hunger Free in the Paths of Righteousness
“He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths
of righteousness for His name’s sake.” (Ps 23:3)
The Lord Jesus is the great
Shepherd. He knows those that are his, leads them out to green pastures, and makes
them graze and rest there. He restores their souls as He knows their sorrows
and wants. He goes before them and leads them in the paths of righteousness for
His name’s sake.
“…For My name shall be great among the nations” says
the Lord of hosts (Mal 1:11).
We give honor to our Shepherd by
keeping the commandments of the Word and walking in the narrow ways of
righteousness. To many of us, the meaning of righteousness is obscure. A short
definition of righteousness is to live a holy and upright life in accordance
with God’s standard. It is to do what is right in God’s eyes.
Jesus set many examples in the Bible. The baptism of Jesus was to fulfill all
righteousness (Mt 3:15). It shows that we must be baptized to become the
children of God. Jesus says, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent
Me, and to finish His work” (Jn 4:34). It gives us the direction and purpose in
life. Mt 6:33 reads, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness”.
Seeking the kingdom of God involves a continued hungering and thirsting after
righteousness. If we follow His examples and words, we shall walk in the paths
Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the
sheep” (Jn 10:11). Whenever we partake of the Holy Communion, we remember the
love of the Good Shepherd. He died for us, His sheep. Embraced by His love, we are
compelled to once again follow His steps in the paths of righteousness.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Mt 5:6)
is our shepherd. He knows where the green pastures and still waters that will
fill and restore us are. When we follow Him closely and obediently, He leads us
in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. When we partake of Holy
Communion, let us remember His sacrificial love and determine to follow and
remember what determinations we’ve made to the Lord while partaking of Holy
Communion? Have we kept our commitments?
seek righteousness in order to find peace and contentment?