THE MARVELLOUS FAITH OF GOD’S TRUSTING ‘SHEEP’ (Part 1)
Psalms 23:1-2 “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
Focus: God wants to build a relationship with us, which will cause us to have steadfast Faith and Confidence in Him.
God often refers to His children as ‘sheep’, which makes Him our Shepherd. Psalm twenty-three is the experience of one of God’s ‘sheep’ children. David confidently declares; the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. Oh, what GREAT FAITH!!! Oh, what Divine ASSURANCE!!! God had developed a rich personal relationship with David, which caused him to know without a doubt, that he belonged to Him, and therefore would be completely cared for always. As he daily experienced precious Blessings, he had to testify to the world that God is a Faithful Provider.
David continues by sharing with us the restfulness of God’s Green Pastures. He could live a restful life comfortably and contentedly in the knowledge that he would ALWAYS have a fresh, abundant, UNLIMITED SUPPLY of whatever he needed. He knew that he was abiding under the ‘showers’ of God’s Love; therefore there could be no Drought or Famine in his life. The REALITY of the continual Presence of God in his life, was his GUARANTEE that he would always be Divinely provided for.
David goes on to say, “He leads me beside the still waters”. ‘Still waters’ is a symbol of Heavenly PEACE. ‘Still waters’ refer to quietness of mind and spirit. The Bible says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) David constantly renewed his mind about who God is, which caused him to develop TRUST, and inherit PEACE. The Peace of God delivers us from anxiety, and discontentment. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, My Peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27) Since God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Provider of ALL things, what is there to worry about???