3 That’s where he restores and revives my life.[a] He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness[b] so that I can bring honor to his name.
Psalm 23:3Or “He causes my life [or soul, Heb. nephesh] to return.” So often life drains out of us through our many activities, but David found that God restores our well-being by pursuing what pleases God and resting in him.
Psalm 23:3Or “circular paths of righteousness.” It is a common trait for sheep on the hillsides of Israel to circle their way up higher. They eventually form a path that keeps leading them higher. This is what David is referring to here. Each step we take following our Shepherd will lead us higher, even though it may seem we are going in circles.
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