He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters.
In Psalm 23, green pastures and still waters are a sign of contentment. Few images convey the concept of peace like a flock of sheep under shady trees with their legs tucked under them, chewing the cud beside still waters. Sheep don’t lie down to eat. They only lie down after they’ve eaten, and then they relax and enjoy again what they’ve previously eaten. Nor do they lie down if they’re nervous or frightened. They only relax when they feel secure, content, and at peace.
The provisions of God’s grace come with overflowing blessings, along with accompanying contentment and joy. God’s grace enables us to enjoy His fields and His folds. When the Lord is our shepherd, we have everything we need. We shall not want. We’re blessed, supplied, led, protected, and content with our Great Shepherd.
Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but fot to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd” (John 10:10-11a).
If you have the Shepherd, you have grace for every sin, direction for every turn, a candle for every corner, and an anchor for every storm.
Max Lucado (From Turning Point)