“He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3).
Now David begins to wander from the imagery of the shepherd/sheep and moves into the God/follower dimension a bit. First, he says that the Shepherd restores his soul. How do you restore a soul? In DeKalb County, when we talk of restoring something its usually an old car, truck, or tractor. But, how do you restore a broken heart or damaged soul? There is no answer to that and people spend millions annually on psychotherapy and drugs in a vain attempt to fix what’s broken within us. But David says the Shepherd does that for free.
Secondly, he tells us that the Shepherd leads us down paths of righteousness. What are those paths? Those are the paths that lead us to God’s blessings versus the path that leads us heartbroken. God has a right way and a wrong way. Often those ways are obsure to us humans, but the after affect in our lives is inevitable. We need the Shepherd to lead us down the right(eous) paths.
How have you learned this lesson through life’s experiences?