For His Name’s Sake

The writer of the 23rd Psalm, traditionally attributed to King David, uses this image of a shepherd who is Yahweh himself, a Kingly Shepherd who leads us daily in paths just like he did for the Hebrews in their wilderness wanderings for forty years in the desert. David explains that God chooses to shepherd us “for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3c). What does this mean? Let’s first talk about God’s name, Yahweh.