If we try to walk the path of righteousness alone, we will find ourselves going downhill. In Psalm 23, David clearly announces that the Good Shepherd restores or renews his soul. And where does it lead? Up the route of righteousness. David traveled that route from the time he tended his fatherâ€™s sheep until he rested on his deathbed. Thatâ€™s not to say that David avoided unwise detours along the path, but by Godâ€™s grace he always responded when his Good Shepherd restored his soul.
Whatâ€™s the condition of your soul? Your canâ€™t restore it yourself. Only the Holy Spirit, working through Godâ€™s Word, can restore our souls. The results are always the same: He returns us to the road of righteousness where we serve our Shepherd in all that we doâ€”until we â€œdetourâ€ and find ourselves needing restoration again. The Shepherd believes in keeping a capital RE in restore!
Have you wondered why the Good Shepherd does all this for us? We know weâ€™re undeserving and beyond earning His care. David says that God guides us up the path of righteousness â€œfor His nameâ€™s sake.â€ For years, phrases like â€œfor Christâ€™s sakeâ€ puzzled me. Has it perplexed you too?
All our righteousness comes from God for Christâ€™s sake. He resisted all temptationâ€”for our sake. He agonized on the cross and diedâ€”for our sake. And by His godly power He came to life againâ€”for our sake. God would never waste all that work. He restores our soul and leads us to follow His will for the sake of Jesus Christ, who gave His live for us.
Waste not. Want not. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re never in needâ€”for Christâ€™s sake.