DayBreaks for 07/23/19: In Green Pastures
From the DayBreaks archives, July 2009:
Psalm 23:2 – He makes me lie down in green pastures.
Such a simple statement. So hard to do. And there is much behind this simple statement from the quill of King David, who knew exactly what he was saying because of his own shepherding experiences.
In the area where David lived and tended sheep, green pastures don’t just appear normally or naturally. It is a hot, dry, desert area. The only way that green pastures exist in such a place is because the shepherd has labored to create a green pasture. The shepherd would tear out the rocks that might harm the sheep, he would clear away the brush and burn it. He would dig deep into the earth to create a well and would use the water to irrigate the plot of ground where he planted grass seed. Finally, when a pasture had been created, he would bring the sheep there to find rest.
Here’s what David could have said, “He makes me to lie down in His finished work.” In Christ, that takes on an entirely new meaning. He is the Great Shepherd who leads all of God’s flock into His finished work. It is a special place where we find rest from our sin, guilt, shame, fear. It is made possible only by His completed work on the cross.
Are you finding your rest in the finished work of the Shepherd, or are you still struggling to do the work yourself?
PRAYER: We can never repay You, our Shepherd, for all that You have done for us! May we rest completely in what Jesus has accomplished and provided for us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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