1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Verse 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
This scripture is clear and intentional - HE LEADS!
We have surrendered to His Divine Leadership - HE LEADS ME
We also saw the word 'lead' in v2, However they are different Hebrew words -
- Hebrew word in v2 - to lead, give rest, lead with care, guide to a watering place or station, cause to rest, bring to a station or place of rest, guide, refresh.
- Hebrew word in v3 - to bring, to govern, to guide.
Wisdom is to trust in God:
- God denounces this spirit: “Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” (Isa. 5:21), because such a spirit leads to self-dependence, and is inconsistent with His leadership in our lives!
- The great hindrance to all true wisdom is the thought that we have already attained it
"He Leads me"
There is nothing that comes out more clearly in Scripture than the individual care granted to all who trust in God, exactly adapted to the various conditions and circumstances of each.
I can boldly say, I am under the expert management, and compassionate, tender care of the Good Shepherd!
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