The Lord is my shepherd.
I will always have everything I need.[a]
2 He gives me green pastures to lie in.
He leads me by calm pools of water.
3 He restores my strength.
He leads me on right paths[b] to show that he is good.
Psalm 23:1-3 (ERV)
“The Lord is my shepherd. I will always have everything I need”.
It’s a confident statement of assurance. The shepherd as a metaphor for God here is quite descriptive of how God pays particular attention to our individual needs. He loves and cares and protects and ensures that we are properly nourished. He is called the good shepherd. In this world of constant chaos, it’s a good thing to remember that God loves and cares about you and your needs.
“Green pastures to lie in and calm pools of water” in verse 2, is about nourishment and rest. So many times, we are fighting life’s battles and taking on challenges and wearing ourselves out that after a while, we are spent emotionally, spiritually and sometimes physically. God sees that and makes us chill out. He stops us in our tracks, separates us from the familiar scene of chaos so we can rest and rejuvenate.
We might not even realize what he’s doing sometimes, and we might struggle against it but if we listen to the holy spirit we will realize he just wants us to chill out and be refreshed. And verse 3 cannot happen without verse 2.
Without rest and nourishment, strength cannot be restored. When your spirit and soul is rested and nourished, you can hear God better and be led on the right path.
The Lesson here is to be willing to submit to the Good shepherd. He knows what he’s doing and he has only good plans for our lives because he truly loves us.