continue our study this week in the great truths of Psalm 23. In the
mid 1900s there were 224,000 copyrighted books written about Psalm
23. I can only imagine what the number would be today. What a wealth
of truth that lies in these 6 little verses written by the Shepherd
for His sheep, the children of God.
approach to the Psalm has been to see it as Davids Journal. A
journal is something one would record only the high points of Gods
dealings within its pages. We looked last week at verse 1 and THE
REVEALING DAYS of his journal.
our attention this week to verse 2 which says
me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still
It is in this verse we find THE RESTING DAYS of Davids
pastures spoken of here speaks of the food and foundation of a
place to rest for sleep. The spiritual food for the child of God
would be the Word of God. Its promises and principles are continually
a place for freedom and resting in a troubled time. This is called in
the Hebrew, pastures of tender and soft grasses. We notice
that the sheep will not go to this green pasture of their own volition
but David says, He maketh me to lie down
The word maketh
means a forcible causing something to happen. Sheep will not just get
in the green pastures of His Word but our Lord will arrange
circumstances that will drive us to Him.
phrase, lie down talks of rest, contentment, and fullness.
Sheep that are well fed on a proper diet do not have a tendency toward
roaming but will lie down in joyful rest. David, while going through
days of trouble, having a daughter raped and loosing two sons to
murder, says this in Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I have
been afflicted that I might learn thy statues.
he leadeth me beside still waters. This phrase
speaks of the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the child of
God. The still waters are waters that have very little
physical movement on the top. This is so refreshing to the little
sheep who are frightened so easily by movement. The still waters are
waters that run deep. Many of the sheep of our churches today are so
shallow in their walk. They know convictions, standards, and soul
winning (birth truths), but nothing of the deep guiding work of the
Holy Ghost. Very few of the sheep ever speak of an experience with
the Holy Ghost. This will show when the trials of life come and the
enemy of our soul raises his ugly head against us. I thank God for
the precious leading work of the Holy Spirit. He leads not waves of
strife but to peaceful streams. He is a dove not an eagle. He is the
dew not a hurricane. The word leadeth means to conduct the
flow. I am glad I do not have to direct life but I can rest in the
conducting flow of the blessed Holy One.
I can say
with the song writer, He leadeth me, He leadeth me, By His own
hand He leadeth me; His faithful follower would be, For by Hs hand He
When it comes to going to still waters and green pastures I am not a
leader but a follower of the Holy Ghost. He is the Spirit of our
blessed Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ. I can lay way back and rest
in the arms of our Shepherd. Hes taking me somewhere.