He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: (Ps 23:2)
I have notes that I keep, intended to develop them into posts; if I get too large of a listing, I may just list the notes sometime.
It’s been a long time since I’ve written. I hope to start getting more consistent.
Anyway, a few weeks ago, I heard a lesson on the 23rd psalm, and this part of this verse got me to thinking…
First, the fact that the LORD has to “make” me lie down in green pastures (and green pastures are good pastures) implies that I don’t know the best place for me to be. I may think things are just horrible, but it is actually a “green pasture” that the LORD is going to show Himself strong. Maybe, in my need, He will touch the heart of another. Our ways are not His ways, so we are not always aware of green pastures.
Another slightly different take on this thought is that we may be aware that we are in a green pasture, but we hope for better down the road, and don’t want to stay here, where God has placed us.
Second, what does the LORD have to do to “make you” lie down? Hopefully, it is no more than a mild command; a gentle tap with the rod. How sensitive are we to God’s leadership? Are we easy to be entreated by the Master Shepherd, or do we make Him use a lot of force to get us to stay? I’d far rather be sensitive to His will than to have Him use force.
And that’s my thought.