He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. (Psalm 23:2 ESV)
Our pound rescued mutt, Mona, has an endearing (irritating?) habit of stealing people’s spots on the couch whenever they leave the room. We aren’t exactly sure why she does it, but it’s like watching a slow-moving game of musical chairs as she jumps onto the most-recently vacant spot.
We thought about sending her to the Oscars to be one of those people who occupy seats whenever a star has to use the washroom . . . but the gig doesn’t pay and a gown is required, (fitting a dachshund is never easy). And then there’s the digging and spinning. This would not translate well on TV. She has to turn and turn on each empty seat, digging occasionally and sniffing a lot. Not at all star-quality behavior.
I’ve often wondered how this odd dog would survive if she wasn’t domesticated. I mean, I don’t recall her ever lying down on the lawn – ever. She’s an inside dog to be sure.
However there are true grazing animals that look at green pastures like they’re a cruise ship buffet; tender blades of grass to be enjoyed. I’ve been told that animals don’t lie down unless they are absolutely full and feel safe. (I don’t know if they turn around a lot, digging and sniffing first, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did).
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
I guess David’s relationship with the Lord made him feel satisfied and safe. He was a man after God’s own heart and I think that’s reflected on the peace that he shows in this Psalm. We need to learn from David and to take time to find our own quiet place to sit with the Word in stillness, waiting to be filled and satisfied.
Father, we thank You that You are a good shepherd that brings us full satisfaction, fullness and safety. Lead us, Lord into safe places where we can rest in You, knowing that You will supply all our needs. Amen