”He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.” Psalms 23:2 NKJV
Frantic. Busy. Perpetual movement. That is life in America. But it is not Life in Christ. In this short verse, David uses three phrases that each mean rest. Perhaps, David was trying to tell us something.
Makes me to lie down – Hebrew Word Rabat’s – make one rest.
Leads – Hebrew word, Nahal – lead to a watering place and made to rest there.
Still – Hebrew Word Menuwchah – means a resting place
God values rest. So much so, He set aside a day, specifically for that purpose. He values rest so much that as a Good Shepherd, He makes us rest. He leads us toward rest.
Rest is not necessarily a cease of activity. It more of a cease of striving. A cessation of worry. An end to a angst. How do we cooperate with God and rest?
We go back to David’s topic sentence: The Lord is my Shepherd (read more here). I shall not want. We rest in knowing we have a good Shepherd that is for us and not against us. Everything we need is in Him. There is no lack in Him. We rest in knowing He is leading us to our destiny, our purpose. We rest in knowing, no one can prevent us from that which God has for us.
Today let us take a deep breath, exhale, and allow Him to lead us into places of rest.