Satisfied And Well-Fed
Contented And Cared For
The Shepherd’s Presence Brings The Sheeps’ Peace
Rest For The Weary
Famished To Well Fed
March 6, 2011
INTRODUCTION: Charles Spurgeon said, “David left no sweeter Psalm than the short twenty-third.” He goes on to say that, “the Lord as our Shepherd provides ‘green pastures,’ which is the truth of the Scriptures, always fresh, always rich, and never exhausted.” When, by faith, we are enabled to find rest in the promises, we are like sheep that lie down in the midst of a pasture. We find peace, rest and refreshment, serenity, and satisfaction.
“He makes me to lie down” – it is the Lord Who graciously enables us to perceive the preciousness of His truth, and to feed upon it. How grateful ought we to be for the power to appropriate the promises! There are some distracted souls who would give worlds if they could but do this. Some know the blessedness of it, but they cannot say that this blessedness is theirs. They know the “green pastures” (His Word), but they are not made “to lie down” in them.
The Psalmist David, a shepherd himself, is emphasizing that the one Shepherd (Lord Jesus) is adequate for every need the sheep may have as they are in the pasture. Primarily, they need food (grass), water, rest, and a shepherd knows where to lead them. The Psalmist reminds us that when God’s people follow their Shepherd, they have all that they need and will not lack the necessities of life.
Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Philippians 4:19, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
“He makes me to lie down in green pastures” – in our frantic life, God desires our rest. The Sabbath was instituted, in part, to guarantee this. If we do not follow His pattern, He may enforce rest upon us. God does not ...
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