We have been looking at the fourfold affirmation in Psalm 23 about how the Shepherd cares and provides for those with whom He has a personal relationship. He makes me lie down in green pastures to be nourished and rested. He leads me beside still waters so that He can restore my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness, doing what is right no matter the cost.
The most basic way He does this is by guiding us into an understanding of His Word, the Bible. It is our road map and mandate. Jesus promised in John 14:26 that the Holy Spirit would teach us all things and remind us of everything we have learned in the Bible. He also will guide us into all truth (John 16:13).
Jesus promises us as our Shepherd that the Holy Spirit will never leave us or forsake us. He inspired the men of God who wrote the Bible. He knows what it means and can apply it to whatever you might be facing. He will make clear the path you should take. He does all of this, not only so that you will be blessed for your obedience. He does all of this “for His name’s sake.”
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus told us that we are the light of the world. Then he says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven” (Matthew 6:16). Remember, in our recent study in Isaiah, we discovered that Jesus wants us to be like “oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor” (Isaiah 61:3).
Always, always, who we are and what we do is to be for our Lord’s honor and glory. Never, never forget that.