Psalm 23:3b, John 14:6, Psalm 119:105
What do you think about tour guides? I think there’s many people out there that would say tour guides are a waste of time and a waste of money. “I can find my own way through the woods.” “I can find my own way climbing up that steep mountain.” “I can find my own way through that historical site. I don’t need to spend the money or take the time for a guide.”
But guides can be very important. Guides can show us things, right, that we maybe never would have seen on our own or discovered. Maybe add additional details to the thing that we’re touring. Guides can also maybe help us, especially find our way back home, ensure that we don’t get lost. Guides can be critically important. Psalm 23 verse 3 it says this
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3b)
It describes God, a good shepherd, as a guide. What does he guide us along? Those paths of righteousness. We think of paths of righteousness perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is following the right way. Maybe following the rules, following God’s law.
Certainly does guide us by His commandments showing us right from wrong, but it’s also important to know that that word righteous quite often in scripture refers to God’s people. Believers. That we are right in God’s sight because of what Christ has done for us. So very much so the paths of righteousness could refer to the path of a believer. And what is that path? Well Jesus says of himself
Jesus said to him, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father, except through me. (John 14:6)
Jesus says that he is the path. Through trusting in him we know that we will get to our destination, eternal life, and he says that he guides us even now. And how does he guide us? In Psalm 119 it says
Your words are a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)
He guides us through his word. That word that does remind us of our sin, but also points us always back to the guide always back to our Savior Jesus who brings us safely home to heaven. Amen.