He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
It really is just about a close, daily walk with the Lord. What more does a sheep want than fresh grass, clean water and a safe place to rest? He’s not worrying about tomorrow, but trusts his shepherd moment by moment, one day at a time. He’s not thinking about what might happen or where he might end up because he is content to gaze upon his master and sit at his feet. He’s not concerned about the enemies that may be lurking all around because he trusts his guardian to take care of him.
Our Shepherd gives to us all the things that we need. He leads us into peace and He leads us in the right way to go so that we do not dishonor Him. He is by our side to guard and to help, to heal and restore. He fills our lives with an abundance of good things. And He gives us the kind of rest that can only come from knowing that we are safe in His arms forever. Our souls were bought at such a steep cost that once He has them, He will never let them go, and we have the privilege to abide with Him always.
But the shepherd is the leader of the flock. He has to be in control, and He gets to dictate the path. We have to submit to God’s leadership and be willing to go where He takes us. The sheep usually only get into trouble when they wander out of what the shepherd has for them, so let us make sure that we are staying where God wants us to be. Let’s make sure our eyes are on Him so that we don’t go astray into the dangerous path of the world.
What is our daily walk with the Lord like? Is it spent in sweet fellowship as we faithfully seek Him? Are we trusting Him for everything and believing the promises that He’s given us? Can we find our rest in Him alone? And are we careful to stay close to His side? He wants that kind of relationship with us. So what is our position within that pasture? Are we on the fringe, in danger of being snatched away by some predator or wandering too far? Are we in the middle somewhere, keeping Jesus in view but not as close as we could be? Or are we nestled up as close as we can get, near to His heart and abiding in His will?