“He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” The Christian delights to be obedient, but it is the obedience of love, to which he is constrained by the example of His Master. “He leadeth me.” The Christian is not obedient to some commandments and neglectful of others; he does not pick and choose but yields to all. Observe the plural is used—”the paths of righteousness.” Whatever God may give us to do we would do it, led by His love. Some Christians overlook the blessing of sanctification, and yet to a thoroughly renewed heart this is one of the sweetest gifts of the covenant. . . . All this is done out of pure free grace; for His name’s sake.” It is to the honour of our great Shepherd that we should be a holy people, walking in the narrow way of righteousness. If we be so led and guided we must not fail to adore our heavenly Shepherd’s care.
—Charles Spurgeon on Psalm 23:3, The Treasury of David, Vol. 1, 355; bold text is in italics in original
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