There are times when we all get a bit stressed out. Life throws us curve balls, and even the most hardened warrior can feel overwhelmed. We have seen and done things that can weigh heavily on our minds. We can have draining responsibilities pulling us in every direction, and sometimes, frankly, we just need a break. King David, a tremendously successful warrior, writes for us to read his perspective.
In the 23rd Psalm we read in verse 2, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.” This follows the statement that the Lord is David’s shepherd and he continues with this metaphor. Sheep like lying down in green pastures. There is plenty to eat and it’s a great place for a good nap. Sheep like the still waters. It’s a great place to hang out and take a sip or two to wash down all of the tasty green grass. These places provide for the needs of the sheep.
David is describing a sheep’s paradise here. He is stating poetically that God provides for his needs. This passage is not about sheep, green grass, still waters, and a guy with a stick. It is about God’s provision in our lives. When we turn to Him, He causes us to lie down in tranquility despite our circumstances, and he leads us to be refreshed when needed.
Let us be ever mindful this week that our circumstances do not control our tranquility as human beings. It is the presence of God in our own green pastures that provide this. When you find yourself in this position, slow down and think of your Shepherd. Allow His leadership in your life and the lives of your family. Let the rest roll off.
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Psalm 23:2 – “He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters.”