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“…He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.” (Psalms 23:2, AMP)
Any disturbance or intruder scares sheep. They are very fearful animals and cannot lie down unless they feel totally secure. green pastures: David uses eloquent language to express his view of the abundant care God gives to His people. still waters: Sheep are afraid of fast-flowing streams. God’s provision of still waters has a soothing effect and calms the sheep.
When we allow God, our shepherd, to guide us, we have contentment. When we choose to sin and go our own way, however, we cannot blame God for the environment we create for ourselves. Our shepherd knows the “green meadows” and “peaceful streams” that will restore us. We will reach these places only by following him obediently. Rebelling against the shepherd’s leading is actually rebelling against our own best interests. We must remember this the next time we are tempted to go our own way rather than the shepherd’s way.
“the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will be their Shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of the waters of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes [giving them eternal comfort].” (Rev 7:17, AMP)