Psalms 23:3, “He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.”
He. Once again, referring to the Shepherd (Jesus). He gives credit to the person in charge. Jesus is always the Shepherd to His people.
Restores. Referring to a requirement to fix something. As sheep (people), we are flawed. We are not perfect. We need a perfect Shepherd (Jesus) to restore us to the perfect selves we should be.
My. Refers to the sheep (people). Possessive of something, in this case a soul.
Soul. The spiritual portion of the sheep (people). Our souls are the most important part of our being. Our bodies will go away, but our souls will remain. The Shepherd (Jesus) is in charge of restoring or fixing our souls to be perfect and sinless.
He. Again, referring to the Shepherd (Jesus).
Leads. As before, leads refers to a leader. That leader is Jesus, the Shepherd. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is all that we need and want. When He leads, we should follow, without question.
Me. Completion of the phrase He leads me. Jesus leads us. Jesus cares for us. Jesus wants what is best for us.
In. Again, the direction word in refers to the direction that (Shepherd) Jesus is leading (the sheep) us.
The. Singular article. Showing that there is only one option with the Shepherd (Jesus).
Paths. Ways taken by the sheep (people) that come to the one point. That point is the Jesus. He is THE WAY. He is THE PATH.
Of. The word that link paths and righteousness together. The paths that lead to righteousness are all parts to a whole. The whole, being Jesus.
Righteousness. Defined as the quality of being morally right. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are the only righteous ones. People are only righteous because of what Jesus did for us. He made us perfect through His death on the cross to eliminate sin.
For. The precursor to what is ahead: His name’s sake.
His. referring to the Shepherd (Jesus). In this case, the his similar to he.
Name’s. Jesus is known by His name. His name is everything. The fact that Jesus would care enough for us to die for us and take our sin is monumental. Jesus was willing to temporarily tarnish His perfectness with sin to save mankind. Jesus’ name is all we need.
Sake. The Shepherd’s (Jesus’s) reputation. His name’s sake is why we can say that we are saved by grace.
Jesus repairs us, guides us, and cares for us. Jesus is our Savior. He is exactly what a Shepherd should be. He truly care for His creation.
Thank You for guiding us, caring for us, and loving us enough to send Your son, Jesus to save us. You are a loving God. We love You and need You so much. You are always there when we need You. I pray that You watch over all Your creation and guide their paths to You. I pray that You be with all those in other countries that need You for protection against oppression. Be a shield for them. I pray for Your guidance for me and for all those who speak Your name daily.
In Your righteous name we pray,