Psalm 23: The Divine Shepherd, 2of6, Evans Olang

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Psalm 23:2, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters”

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We take comfort in knowing that as believers we are cared for. Even in those times when it seems all hell is breaking loose, we “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:6
We see this clearly stated in the 2nd verse of Psalm 23, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures;…” Remember the Israelites had what they needed right in the desert where nothing grows. God provided for them, God sustained them. We have the supports and comforts of this life from God’s good hand, our daily bread from Him as our Father. Of course there is more to it than our physical needs. If anything, His daily Word ought to be the green pasture we should focus on, to feed on and to rest on His promises.

A section of the Lord’s prayer reads, “give us this day our daily bread”, this is in line with God’s provision, and what better provision would we desire primarily but His word. Everything else ties to the priority of His Word. We love fresh produce, they have nutrients, satisfying, appetizing, good to look at etc., I pray that God’s Word will be all these to us. God’s ordinances are the green pastures in which food is provided for all believers; the word of life is the nourishment of the new man. It is milk for babes, pasture for sheep, never barren, never eaten bare, never parched, but always a green pasture for faith to feed in. God makes his saints to lie down; He gives them quiet and contentment in their own minds, whatever their lot is; their souls dwell at ease in Him, and that makes every pasture green. God’s grace is sufficient, in other words, it is more than enough (green). God’s mercies are ever new every morning, (ever fresh).

“…He leads me beside the still waters”, notice that the Divine Shepherd does not order or give instructions and let the sheep decide, no, He leads. He is a head guiding His sheep in the right place at the right time. Matthew Henry says, “Those that feed on God’s goodness must follow His direction; He leads them by His providence, by His word, by His Spirit, disposes of their affairs for the best, according to His counsel, disposes their affections and actions according to His command, directs their eye, their way, and their heart, into his love”. He does not lead us in the path of hurricane, flood or anything that brings about destruction, He leads us by still waters for He is gentle and meek. Matthew Henry, “The consolations of God, the joys of the Holy Ghost, are these still waters, by which the saints are led, streams which flow from the fountain of living waters and make glad the city of our God. God leads His people, not to the standing waters which corrupt and gather filth, not to the troubled sea, nor to the rapid rolling floods, but to the silent purling waters; for the still but running waters agree best with those spirits that flow out towards God and yet do it silently” Those who are His sheep He will make and Lead them for they are humble and in submission to Him. They totally trust and depend on Him for everything they need. Psalm 34, “1 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Vs. “9 Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. 10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing”, Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble”, Blessings Ev

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