The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want . . .
Christ was appointed to be our Shepherd by God the Father, and by His saving grace He was submissive to the cross. Our Lord Jesus Christ is omniscient, and as God He knows all his sheep and their infirmities, their needs, and their weaknesses. When we are lost, He knows where to find us. When we are in need, He knows what to supply, when we are hungry, He knows what to feed us. His love for us is pure, and as God, He is omnipotent and has all power in heaven and in earth. He saves us from all harm; He protects us from all evil, He defends us and rescues us. He is our all in all, all knowledge and wisdom is His. He will guide us and direct us for His name’s sake. He is the Great Shepherd, the Chief Shepherd, and the Good Shepherd—and we, the sheep of His pasture.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters . . .
Here to me “green pastures” symbolizes the Covenant of Grace born at Calvary. In Christ, we are recipients of all the blessings and promises of that Grace. In these green pastures we may feed on the goodness of God—in the fullness of Christ. It is in Christ that our grace is received. We are the sheep in His pasture. Here God invites us to “lie down”, make ourselves comfortable, kick back, and relax. This is God demonstrating to us the safety and fullness we have wrapped in His Grace. In Christ we are fed in these pastures, satisfied in the Spirit, and replenished in our souls as we lie down covered by His Grace as we feed on His goodness.
Here “still waters” symbolizes the eternal, everlasting love of God which flows from His throne like a river. In these streams, the hearts of his people are made joyous and glad. These waters flow from His holy sanctuary by His Spirit, they rise to our ankles, knees, hips and chest and cover our heads with His glory. These waters are a holy river to immerse ourselves in. It is the pure river, the water of life, to which Christ leads us and invites us to drink freely and have our fill. Christ invites us to partake of this water in John 4—“But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
- Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. (calvinistview.com)
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- God’s Voice Leads you, Comforts you, Blesses you (shareaverse.wordpress.com)
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