“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.” Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)
Think of it! The Lord, the creator of all of the universe; is my Shepherd. Little words in a sentence often carry great meaning. The Psalmist David did not write the Lord is “a” Shepherd. No, He claimed, the Lord as “My” Shepherd. King David had an intimate relationship with His Lord.
“He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters.” The Shepherd is the source of life for His sheep. He provides every need and they depend solely upon the Shepherd to keep them safe. When sheep are afraid, they will not lie down. Sheep will not drink from a moving stream, it must be stilled. Therefore the Shepherd must always move about in their midst, providing safety and nourishment, bringing them to stilled waters.
“He restores my soul.” I am a nature lover. Nothing quiets me; nothing restores my soul as much green pastures, being in a beautiful forest, or listening to quiet waters. My husband and I have been in the pastorate for over 18 years. One of the first things we do after a move is to find a State Park or Nature Reserve. A place we could go to for picnics, or just to be quiet and rest from the 24/7 life of a small town pastorate.
Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd…I know My sheep and My sheep know Me…and I lay down My life for My sheep.” John 10:14-15
Occasionally the Shepherd has to make us lie down in green pastures. Often in our chronic pain we can become afraid. I am having a time of pain and enforced rest right now. But, as His sheep we can be nourished by His Words, lay and rest in green pastures, and be “stilled” by the waters of quietness. By this our souls will be restored.
“My sheep listen to My voice; I know them and they follow Me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish.” John 10:27-28
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sandra Platt is a minister’s wife and mother of 2 college aged kids. She lives in a beautiful area of Southern Indiana. She enjoys reading, cross stitching, and being outdoors. She has had chronic pain and health for a number of years. She enjoys the friendships and encouragement of being part of Rest Ministries.