The Leading of the Sheep

Tim Trumper

READ : Psalm 23

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3b NKJV)

The paths in which the Lord leads us are paths of uprightness. This simple truth helps us discern whether we’re on the right path. We ask ourselves not whether our path is uphill or downhill, or whether we are passing through sunshine or cloud, pleasant scenery or back streets, but whether the path we are on is leading us to do what pleases the Lord. If so, we not only know the path is the right one, we also know it is the Good Shepherd who is leading us. Sheep, it is worth remembering, only walk in a straight line when they are being led.

Following our Lord is not only our privilege, it is also our responsibility. The Lord expects us to follow him. It’s for our good that we do so. When David thinks of the Lord’s leading, he’s not imagining sheep meandering far behind. Sheep who keep pace with the shepherd are safest, for the closer we stick on his heels, the more protection we gain from the dangers around us.


“O let me see thy footmarks, and in them plant mine own

My hope to follow duly is in thy strength alone.

O guide me, call me, draw me, uphold me to the end;

And then in heaven receive me, my Savior and my Friend.” (John Bode)