“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside
still waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name sake."
son of Jesse, tribe of Judah
Psalm 23 is one of the passages of Scripture which many of us have in common, having become familiar with
it when attending our childhood Sunday school classes. Probably most of us memorized it. The passage is
compact and inspiring, and we may still turn to it for comfort in our discouraging moments regardless of how
many years have passed. There are seasons in our lives which will darken our spirits. No one is exempt.
Thank God for the teachers who guided us to the Scriptures, for in latter years the timeless Biblical words
have bailed us out.
The passage above also presents a challenge. Figuratively – haven't we been through a traumatic
experience when God had to take us aside and lay us down in green pastures? Have we not been led to still
waters? Have we not allowed God to support us like this? Of course we have.
Stressed out, weary, and feeling forsaken by anyone we hold dear, God our heavenly parent is the source
who provides us an alternative – a peace of mind accessible simply by looking to God in sincere trust - faith
at the base level. Maybe it takes being laid up with the flu for a few days to see the way clear in a situation
which couldn’t be resolved until that point. The days at home in peace and quiet may have become the
green pastures or still waters we had been needing. Allowing our minds to settle down
and letting God in.
Have our souls never been restored? Maybe when taking a solitary walk on a hillside path or along the
shore reminded us of God’s presence, refreshing us, and the answer we were so diligently seeking suddenly
became unarguably obvious. A new resolve or a problem solved. Maybe it was that Sunday night walking
into the church sanctuary after much personal debate as to whether we should make the effort to go there,
and our spirit found itself renewed in a wonderful way. Perhaps long overdue.
God has been our deliverer ever since we trusted Christ as our Savior. We have walked through fires
unscathed. We have experienced God's favor. We have known answered prayer. God has been
shepherding us all along. It is our privilege and honor to perceive God’s presence and access the
green pastures in whatever form they come to us.
Psalm 103:2 “Forget not all His benefits”