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He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
We began this series confronting the question of whether or not an Old Testament psalm applies to us today. And what we see here is that it clearly does. God has led us in paths of righteousness by way of his Son, Jesus Christ. But he does so for a specific reason.
What does verse 3 list as the reason for the Lord’s shepherding care?
In John 10 we see how Jesus leads us to righteousness. He provides us with a perfect right standing before God, and gives us the fuel to pursue righteous behavior.
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
God isn’t after our white-knuckled discipline. He wants to set us free. Our righteousness comes about not by our own efforts, but by the obedience of Jesus Christ. And by faith, his righteousness is counted as our own. That’s what sets us free and fuels our obedience—the free gift of God’s grace.
In what ways have you found yourself resorting to white-knuckled discipline?
How should the truth that Christ purchased your righteousness on the cross change the way you think about obedience? Many think that grace encourages licentiousness. How does a true understanding of God’s grace fuel obedience?
How has the Lord led you in righteousness? How has your life changed as a result of coming to know Christ?
Where do you find yourself discouraged today? What is fueling that discouragement? What ought the gospel fuel in you today?