“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want, He makes me lie down in green pastures…”[Psalm 23:1-2a]

Being a shepherd of his father’s sheep it was natural that as David meditated on the Lord that he would relate the Lord’s leadership as a Shepherd.  It was a common metaphor in those times for kings to compare themselves to shepherds in their leadership capacity.   In speaking of God’s comfort the prophet Isaiah said, “He tends his flock like a shepherd:  He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young”  [Isaiah 40:11]  Christ identified himself as the expected Shepherd in John 10.

The greatest promise of this word from the psalmist is not so much the provision at that moment but the total trust and peace that flows through it.  Resting is a position, that means there is no struggle, no worry, no anxiety.  An attitude of the heart that no longer questions whether or not provision shall be made.

Many times as a ministry director I have stepped out in faith and then to find man was not able to be good to his word—but I have learned my faith is in God, not in man and God has never let us down.  Miracles of provision have been a way of life.   Paul expressed the same attitude, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” [Philippians 4:19]

Green pastures is a place of letting go and becoming one with the provider—in that field of knowing is all quietness and expectancy as you wait for the Good Shepherd to supply your needs.

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