Good morning Saints,
TOPIC: THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD PART 4
BY: ISAAC OLUWASEUN AGBENLA
Ps 23:2 says:
*He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still water*
If we diligently look at David’s statements in this chapter, we would observed that the Lord was behind every move David made. This shows that he had God’s backing in all he does. Notice the word *He makes, leads, restores* etc. David was being led by God to carry out God’s will for his life.
The book of Philippians further buttress that point:
*For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure* – Phil.2:13
Notice that it’s God that works in us. Why? To accomplish his perfect will. Anything that doesn’t align with God’s will is bond to fail as far as God is concerned. Only God’s will brings pleasure to God. We must seek to know God’s will and ensure will do it. God will naturally bless his will because it is commanded by him.
Many people are confused and labouring without effort today because they are walking in direction that doesn’t align with God’s will. You can’t finish doing your wish and call God to come and bless it for you. If God is not part of the starting process, he may not be part of the finishing. It is what you commit God into at the beginning that has his full backing.
David said *He makes me to lie down…..*
Beloveth, we must learn to do God’s will, convenient or not. One of the greatest secret of walking with God to the best of my knowledge so far is *finding, pursing and fulfilling the will of God at different junction of our lives*.
You see, anything that is God’s will always have his approval anytime. So, before taking steps on major issues, learn to ask God questions on his will.
….makes me to lie down……
To *lie down* means you are resting without fear of trouble. God made David to enter his rest because he has delivered him from all his enemies.
….to lie down in Green Pasture….
What does Green Pastures represent in the text?
It means freshness.
It shows that the fountain of David’s daily supply never runs dry. Listen, if God is our shepherd and we indeed follow his leading, we would not find ourselves in the desert places. Always remember that animals don’t settle in the desert because there is no daily supply there.
Beloved, if you find yourself in a location that is desert-like, don’t be intimidated by that ugly season, move on because you haven’t arrived at the promise land.
We must also note that, we would only find Green pastures where the shepherd leads us. Those who lead themselves struggle for existence bcos they lack direction of where their allocation is located.
You see, God knows what is best for individuals and he will only bless us where he has assigned us to be. If we change our location without his approval, we may end up stranded.
Green pastures in the text simply means *daily fresh supply*. God’s blessing is daily roll out, it depends on what we can command into our lives on daily basis. The Bible says he daily load us with benefits- Ps 69:18
Beloved, if we don’t want the source of our flow to be shut, we must learn to daily draw from the source, the instructions needed for daily success. It simply means we have to spend time fellowshipping with him so that we can rest in his presence.
You see, when we spend time with him daily, we would learn how find, follow and fulfill his will in his own way because that is the only thing that can guarantee success in all our ways.
You see, many have gone astray trying to do what God has not ordained. They think they can make God do what he isn’t interested in. They form their plans and expect God to bless it. Beloved, it doesn’t work that way. *It’s either God is the author and finisher of the plan or he is not in it at all*… If he is not in it, he will not bless it to the fullness.