Psalm 23

Today we are looking at one of the most popular passages in Scripture in Psalm 23.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

I want to focus in on verse 2 of this passage where he says, “He makes me lie down in green pastures.” Now why does he say he makes me lie down? If I were a sheep it seems I would want to live, in the words of theologian Tim McGraw, “where the green grass grows.” So why would we need someone to make us lie down in green pastures?

Well, sheep are quite dumb. Sheep will just keep on walking over green pasture after green pasture until they get to a patch of dead grass where they starve to death. They will totally bypass a healthy pasture unless a good shepherd comes along and makes them lie down.

We are not so different from those sheep. We get in such a hurrt to move on to a better stage of life, thinking that things will be better when I graduate college or when I’m no longer single. Whatever it is, we are always looking for that next pasture. But just like a good shepherd, God often causes us to “lie down” in the season we are in and realize that God has us in a good spot. He has a purpose for us today and is causing all things to work together for good for those who love him.

Today, take some time to consider where God has you. Count your blessings. Thank God for everything he has brought you through up to this point.

Grant Gaines is the Dean of Men at the Kanakuk Institute.

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