Psalms 23: Lie in green pastures-1
Psalms 23:2 “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.”
We’ve been meditating on the process of making but the question is what is the advantage of submitting yourself to making? The shepherd want to make the sheep lie down and not just lie down anywhere but in green pastures.
To lie down connotes peace and rest. Two things that easily makes the sheep to lie are peace and satisfactory feeding.
The picture here is that of a flock that is “fully fed” or “satisfied,” their wants being completely supplied. When you see a flock lying down, you have seen an excited and sometimes an overfed one. The shepherd see to that:
Genesis 48:15 “And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the GOD WHICH FED ME ALL MY LIFE LONG unto this day”
The above is the testimony of a great sheep, Jacob by name who had a first hand experience of what it means to have God as a shepherd. The shepherd doesn’t feed you for sometime, he does it throughout your lifetime if and only if we allow him.
I learnt that before a shepherd leads out his flock, he makes out time to first go out in search of green pastures. This venture sometimes takes him days and weeks of careful searching. He then draws the map and plots their movement from pasture to pasture. After concluding this adventure he then comes back to lead them there.
That looks to me like what Apostle Peter, who enjoyed great shepherding under Jesus said:
1 Peter 5:7 “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” (AMP)
The shepherd takes the whole responsibility of searching out where the grass is green then leads us there.
To be continued…
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