We have seen in our study of Psalm 23 that maintaining a healthy relationship with our shepherd, Jesus Christ, leads to stability and strength in coping with life’s challenges.We also have seen the importance of maintaining balance in our lives, providing time for personal rest and refreshment as well as quality time for cultivating our relationships within the family.
Verse three suggests that in a day when everyone is preoccupied with their own agenda, we need spiritual leaders who under God’s guidance walk, work and worship “in paths of righteousness.”That’s right.Spiritual leaders should be known for doing what is right.
Their motive should not be to be known as a righteous person.In addition they should not be arrogant.They should humbly live that way “for God’s name sake.”Jesus described it this way: “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew ).
This should not be true only of those who are leaders in the church.This is what should characterize every believer – ethical consistency.The world is watching.Children are watching.Fellow believers are watching.But most important, God is watching.
Peter put it this way in 1 Peter 2:20-21, “If you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”Whether praised or persecuted, we should be known as those who live righteously for the glory of God.