The Good Shepherd - Leader
“That’s where he restores and revives my life. He opens before me the right path and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to his name.” Psalms 23:3 TPT
TPT commentary: Or "he causes my life [or "soul," Hb. nephesh] to return." So often life drains out of us through our many activities, but, as David found, God restores our well-being when we pursue what pleases God and when we rest in him.
TPT commentary: Or "circular paths of righteousness." It is a common trait for sheep on the hillsides of Israel to circle their way up higher. They eventually form a path that keeps leading them higher. This is what the Psalms is referring to here. Each step we take following our Shepherd will lead us higher, even though it may seem we are going in circles.
When I was attending Transformation Ministries School of Ministry, one of the things that Pappa Rock taught was a class called “Trusting God”. During that class he taught that when we got to our high places sometimes it’s scary but we have to move forward not only in faith but also trust. “High Places” is the place where we fully operate in our Kingdom Purpose and are equipped and empowered to operate in that calling. While we are being called to the “high place” we come to the cliff where we cannot see our next moves.
This is the place of trust:
1. God is PERFECT LOVE – he just wants to Bless me. 2. God has INFINITE WISDOM – he has a Plan for me. 3. God is TOTALLY SOVEREIGN – he has the Power.
These verses say similar things, that like a sheep that feels we are going in circles or no where, we’re actually at the cliff of trust and with each step or footsteps of righteousness we’re actually climbing higher into the high places the Good Shepherd leads us too! This is a place we don’t ascend too, this is a place we trust and follow our Good Shepherd too!
Do you feel you are going in circles with no shifting or changing? Do you feel your soul or life needs to be revived or returned/restored to your original purpose?