Psalm 23, Day 3

Devotional for Wednesday, April 29

Our devotionals this week are all from the 23rd Psalm, “A Psalm of David,” considered in small meditative bites.

Verse 3b
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.

As his sheep, we follow his lead, behaving as the shepherd would have us behave. Sometimes the concept of Christian holiness is made to sound complicated, but it really is that simple.

downloadWe are known as his flock, and we do not want to confuse others by wandering down paths not leading to eternity. For thousands of years, he has shown us his will through his word, recorded in the Holy Bible. This is how he tells us left or right, stop or go.

Yes, the noise of the world sometimes makes his call a little harder to discern, but if we take time to focus on Scripture in a thoughtful and prayerful way, we will know what to do.

And when we follow the right paths, people do notice. They are astonished when the harm they were expecting is not done to them, or when they receive unexpected goodness.

And when they seek to know why we behave in such an unworldly way, we have earned the right to tell them, “Because I stay in love with God—you can too!”

Lord, call out to me loudly when I amble down the wrong path. Amen.

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