Episode 037 – Psalm 23 Pt 4: Paths of Righteousness
Key Passage(s): Psalm 23:3
When navigating a disorienting landscape, paths are essential. Sheep know this. Shepherds know this. And it’s why David highlights God leading on “paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” But what did David imply by this? What does righteousness even mean? Why is God’s name at stake? And what happens if we stray from the path? All of this and more are discussed in this next episode on Psalm 23.
- What’s your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
- How have you traditionally understood the “paths of righteousness?” How did this teaching confirm, change, or deepen your understanding, particularly with respect to defining “righteousness” as “the standard of right relationship we have between God and other people?”
- When you’ve been off the path, how has God intentionally pursued you like a good shepherd pursuing a lost sheep? What did that teach you about God in those moments?
- Do you find yourself off the path in any way today? If so, how are you allowing God (and perhaps someone close to you) to help bring you back?
- How are you allowing God to lead you well on the “paths of righteousness?”
- Is there anything God is prodding at your heart?
- How will you begin implementing your desired changes this week?
For Further Study
- Episode 004 – You Are The Message and Episode 006 – Return to the Path addresses the main aspects of this episode as well.
- The Good Shepherd: A Thousand-Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament by Kenneth E. Bailey
- Psalm 23: A Photo Commentary (book) by Steven D. Anderson and Todd Bolen
- Psalm 23: Photo Companion to the Bible (pictures) by Todd Bolen (BiblePlaces.com)
- While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks by Timothy Laniak
- Becoming a Judean Shepherd by Doug Greenwold
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