I love Psalm 23:3 from the Passion Translation:
“He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure
and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness
so that I can bring honour to his name.”
The phrase footsteps of righteousness has also been translated as “circular paths of righteousness.”
It is a common trait for sheep on the hillsides of Israel to circle their way higher up a mountain. They eventually form a path that keeps leading them higher. This is what David is referring to here. Each step we take following our Shepherd will lead us higher, even though it may seem we are going in circles.
Circular paths of righteousness. I love it!
Because we’ve all walked in circles before. It feels immensely frustrating, doesn’t it?
But – what if we walk in circles not out of aimlessness or lack of direction, but out of devotion?
What if we follow in circles behind our Shepherd?
Circular paths of righteousness.
Behind our Shepherd.
Circles of following. Circles of righteousness.
When we follow in a circle we don’t need to know the destination.
When we follow in a circle we don’t even need to feel like we’re making progress.
We simply follow.
And listen for His voice.
Perhaps the question is not whether we are making progress in life?
Perhaps the question is more whether we are following well in life. Following in circles.
Circles of righteousness….