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Green Pastures and Still Waters (Psalm 23:2)
Psalm 23:2, He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
David says, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” The green pasture is the Word of God and the still water is the Spirit of God. When you have the Word and the Holy Spirit, you have everything you need. You are talking about a real good diet when you have the Word. The Word promises rest to those that wait upon the Lord.
1. Green pastures speak of Rest. " He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;"
We will not rest if we are spiritually hungry. This speaks of finding rest in the Word of God. The 'green pastures' represent food to the sheep. The lying down represents leisure or time. The shepherd has His eye on you. He knows if you are fatigued and when you need some quiet time alone. Sometimes we allow ourselves to get too busy for God to speak to us. Don't allow too many jobs and too many possessions rob you of your time alone with God. This represents God’s people spend time meditating on the food which He has prepared for them, which is the Word of God. We can go further and say that the Lord provides a green pasture for His sheep every time the Word of God is truly preached. This challenges all who know the Lord to crave sound Biblical preaching. It’s in the green pastures where we find peace and pleasure and feast all the long. There is great ease spiritually in God’s green, grassy meadows, in living fellowship with the Lord.
2. Still waters speak of Refreshment. " he leadeth me beside the still waters."
When sheep are led beside the still waters they do not lack refreshment. God's people often find themselves in need of spiritual refreshment. This is because they walk in a wearying and exhausting world. People search and ask all the time where peace and refreshment to be found? Are we not refreshed when we contemplate the greatness of our God? All of these refreshing things and many, many more are found in the Word of God. It is green pasture in which we may feed and refreshing water from which we may drink. A great burden is lifted when a person places complete trust in the Shepherd. The Lord is well in control of every situation, and our peace is simply to be where He is!
PRAYER: Father, thank You for being a faithful Shepherd never forsaking me. For leading me to green pastures and to still waters where I find rest and refreshment. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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