LEADING FROM THE FRONT                                                Psalm 23

“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (vv2-3)

Stephen Ambrose’s book, Band of Brothers follows the US Army’s Easy Company from trainings in Georgia through the Normandy Invasion of D-Day (June 6, 1944) and ultimately to the end of World War II in Europe. For the bulk of that time. Each Company was led by Richard Winters. Winters’s was an especially good officer because he led from the front. The most commonly heard words from Winters in combat were, “Follow me.” Other officers may have sought the safety of the rear areas, but if Winter’s men were going into combat, he was going to lead them.

Jesus is the one true Leader of His children. He knows what we need and where we are most vulnerable. His leading is part of what makes Psalm 23  the most beloved song in the Bible’s hymnal. In Verse 2,  David says that the Shepherd “leads me beside the still waters,” and in Verse 3 he adds, “He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His names sake.” These twin ideas reveal why His grace is so complete. Whether it is times of refreshing and strengthening (still waters) or seasons of doing what pleases Him (path of righteousness) we can follow Him.

As the old song says, “My Lord knows the way through the wilderness; all I have to do is follow” – Bill Crowder.

PRAYER LINE: My Lord knows the way through the wilderness

All I have to do is follow,

Strength for today is mine always

And all that I need for tomorrow – Cox


Jesus knows the way – follow Him (ODB)

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