January 20 | Psalm 23:3

“He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3)

When things get hectic, I need an out. I don’t do well in crowds. I create deadlines before deadlines so I get less stressed when they approach. I love Sundays because God has instituted the Sabbath rest. It’s a good time to forget about my problems and worship the Lord.

Everybody needs rest and restoration. And restoration is more about following the paths of righteousness God leads us in. When we live a righteous life, we have less stress. We haven’t done the wrong things that lead down the wrong paths.

The Lord leads you into righteousness. His Spirit directs your steps and tells you what God expects. The Bible outlines God’s desires for you. And when you follow them, you find God’s rest. He restores your soul from the craziness of life.

Don’t think God does this only for your benefit. He does it for his name’s sake. God gets the glory when we live righteous lives. There are benefits for us, but we show God’s righteousness to others.

When we do what God expects from us, we bring him honor. So that must be our goal. We strive to please God by living a righteous life before others. They look at us but they see Jesus. They see the justice of God in a world full of injustices.

Action Step: Study the Bible to discover God’s expectations for righteous living. Show others God’s justice and righteousness in your life. Be a witness of Jesus and the difference he makes.

Father, I want to live a righteous life before others and you. I want to glorify you with my obedience to your commands and teaching. Help me to live before others and find the righteous path in each situation.

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