God's Love, Psalms, Tuesday Truths

Rested and Refreshed

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. Psalm 23:2

The wonder of this verse is in the first five words, for the truth is, no-one can make a sheep lie down. Fear, tension, irritation and hunger will all keep a sheep standing. The only time these creatures will take the weight off their feet is when they feel 100% safe. The only one able to create this secure, calm environment, is their shepherd.

Just like sheep, we also find it hard to rest when we are agitated, tense or afraid. Scripture tells us that perfect love cast out fear and that is exactly what we get from our Good Shepherd. His perfect love can dispel our biggest fears; His presence calms our panicked hearts and drives away the anxiety of the unknown. In a world of uncertainty, He can subdue agitation. When our eyes are focused on Him, his surrounding presence envelopes us and relieves us of all tension allowing us to lie down in peace. When we feel rested, we feel refreshed.

Refreshment is also maintained through cool, pure water. Sheep get just as thirsty as we do and if they cannot find a proper stream or don’t have access to a trough of clean water, they will drink whatever they can find. Human beings have a constant gnawing hunger/thirst within them and they will pursue a whole host of things to try and satisfy their desire. Under the management of the bad shepherd, this thirst is never quenched.

“They have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:11

As Jesus said to the woman at the well, “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.” If we ask, He will continually fill us and lead us to places of refreshing. Sheep enjoy the early morning dew drenched grass for it nourishes them completely and allows them to rest in the sun later in the day. We too benefit when we spend time with God in the morning, for it hems in our whole day.

Rise early, meet the Shepherd beside still waters and drink in God’s word.

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