“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
When the verse above says that the LORD “leadeth” us, it is saying that the LORD guides us and shows us the way that we should go; however, it means more than just showing us the way, but it also means that He continues to show us the way. In other words, He leads us, and He leads us, and He leads us. God never stops leading the believer.
Moreover, it is very interesting where this psalm says that the LORD leads us. This psalm says that He leads us “in green pastures” and “in the paths of righteousness,” but it also says that He leads us into the “valley of the shadow of death,” and into places of evil where it seems as though the enemy could hurt us. In other words, God not only leads us into the pleasant places of life, but He also leads us into uncomfortable places of life. Does this make God a bad God? Absolutely not! The reason God leads us into these places is because His leading restores our soul. There are four lessons this psalm teaches us about the leading of the LORD that I would like to point out to you.
First, the same God Who leads you into the pleasant green pastures is still God when He leads you into uncomfortable places. God’s deity and power is not in question just because He led you into a place where you don’t like or feel comfortable. We love to trust God when He has led us into the green pastures of peace, tranquility, prosperity, and blessings, but we must also learn to trust Him when He leads us through that valley of death and into the battles of life that we must endure. We must understand that God doesn’t lose His power or providential wisdom just because He has led us into a place that we don’t like.
Second, He will be with you wherever He leads you. Verse 4 says, “thou art with me.” The psalmist acknowledged that though He was led into the “valley of the shadow of death” that the LORD was still with Him in that valley. The greatest thing about the LORD leading you is that He is always with you. Wherever the LORD leads you is always a good place because He is with you in that place.
Third, He will provide for you wherever He leads you. The psalmist says about the LORD’s leading in verse 5, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies…” You will find that the LORD provided wherever He led in this psalm. The LORD provided sustenance, restoration, comfort and protection even though He led the psalmist through many uncomfortable and unwanted places. My friend, if the LORD has the power to lead you, He also has the power to provide for you no matter where He has led you. You don’t have to understand God’s leading ways for Him to be able to provide for you in the place where He has led you. You must always understand that if the LORD led you into a certain place in life, that means that He has the power to provide for you while you are in that place. The LORD never leads where He cannot provide.
Fourth, wherever He leads you is a great place to be because of Who leads you. Stop worrying about the place where God leads you and start focusing on the One leading you. You won’t care about where He leads you as long as you have His presence guiding you by His mighty hand. Focusing on the hand that leads you allows you to enjoy the presence of God while you are in uncomfortable places in life.