Having restored my soul, Psalm 23:3a, our Great Shepherd now leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:3b
This is the strongest of the three words for lead in this Psalm. It means to keep me on the right path. When the flock awakes to a new day, the shepherd knows what pasture is best for them to feed in that day. He alone knows the best way to get there. The sheep know neither. Therefore, to prevent the loss of valuable time and the risks of unnecessary dangers, the shepherd uses whatever means are necessary and reasonable, to him, to keep the sheep on the right path.
Similarly, our Great Shepherd leads us in the right paths daily, for He is the Righteous One.
We, like the sheep, can rebel against His leading to our own peril, or we can heed His leading to His honor and the blessing of others and ourselves.