The interesting thing is that verse 9 is in contrast to verse 8. In both verses the Lord is leading, directing us in the way in which we should go. The difference is in verse 8 we are engaged in listening to Him, learning from Him, asking His counsel. Those in verse 9 are still being led by the Lord, they are just not involved at all in the process. It is like He is pulling them along with a bridle, the trappings.
The interesting thing is we are invited to participate so we can follow or be led.