Psalm 23:3New King James Version (NKJV)
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
God did it for His Glory. He restored me so that He could lead me into His righteousness to make His name great. Once our souls are restored, we should be making God’s name great in whatever we do. This doesn’t come by just shouting His name (although we shouldn’t be ashamed). This comes by everything we do. It comes by our actions, words, and responses. God’s name becomes great by our transformation. When we produce fruit from living a life that honors him He becomes magnified. When we seek to do things for His name sake, it gives Him access to work miracles, signs and wonders for His glory. If we seek to do things for our own name it limits us to our own power. We don’t have to seek our own greatness. By making His name great our names become great because we then carry His glory. God promised Abraham that He would make his name great (Genesis 12:2) and David that he would his name would be greater than all the other men of the earth (2 Samuel 7:9). Some versions say that He’ll make them famous. He did this for His glory. He kept their enemies away and blessed them to be a blessing. The more we do for God’s glory, the more honor He will place on us. God loves us all. We do not have to work for God’s love, but understand that there are benefits that we receive when we walk in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
We are only righteous through the blood of Jesus. When we sin we fall short of His glory but we repent and He forgives us for His name sake.
Romans 3:23 (NKJV)
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Isaiah 43:25 (NKJV)
25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
And I will not remember your sins.
God doesn’t hold our shortcomings over our heads. He will even get glory from our deliverance. He wants to use all of us. Our job is to be the best that we can be by doing everything as if we are doing it for Him.
Romans 11:36 (NKJV)
36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
So let’s let our Light shine so others will see how great is our God. We are representatives of His glory on earth. Even when we feel like nobody see’s our efforts, God is always taking notice and takes pleasure when we represent Him well.
Father we thank You for restoring our souls. Thank You that You have brought us out of darkness into Your presence of glory. Forgive us for doing things in our own strength and trying to receive glory for ourselves. All the glory belongs to you. Let everything that we do make Your name great. Lead us in the paths of righteousness and let conviction of the Holy Spirit bring us to repent when we fall short. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!