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Green Pasture Time


Psalm 23 He makes me to lie down in green pasture

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.Psalm 23:1–3

It is not an easy thing to do….. taking the time in our busy schedules to lie down in green pastures of peace. We need to learn to unwind whenever possible, resting in the Presence of the Shepherd. This electronic age keeps His children “wired” much of the time, too tense to find Him in the midst of their moments.

He built into our very being the need for rest. How twisted the world has become when people feel guilty about meeting this basic need! How much time and energy they waste by being always on the go, rather than taking time to seek God’s direction for their lives.

I once heard a riddle about two men splitting logs. Each worked for the same total time, but one never stopped and the other stopped for ten minutes each hour. Which one split the most logs? It was the one who periodically stopped, because whenever he stopped, he sharpened his axe.

God calls on us rest our body, mind and spirit. Then, refreshed we can proceed down the paths of life with renewed strength.

He calls us to walk with Him down paths of peace. He wants us to blaze a trail for others who desire to live in His peaceful presence. He has chosen us less for our strengths than for your weaknesses, which amplify our need for Him. When we depend on Him more and more, He will shower peace on all our paths.

Try to work some green pasture time into your schedule each day. Pull apart from the hurry and scurry of the world and spend time with God. Listen to His voice. Hear His Spirit and remember that when we lie down, we look up and when we look up, we see the face of God.

By John Grant
John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney
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Psalm 23 Reflection


Is there a more beautiful passage in the Bible than the 23rdPsalm?  It is definitely in a category all its own and has always been a favorite of mine.

The riches of each phrase wrap around my heart like a cool fresh breeze after a long hot afternoon.

Stepping into the depths of its treasure is a gift to the soul every time we read these six intricate verses.

The weary find solace. The wounded find healing. The hungry are filled. The thirsty are quenched. The fearful find comfort. The tired are refreshed. The worshiper finds intimacy with the Lord.

We will all find God’s immeasurable goodness and mercy.

What do you need this coming week? I pray you will find it in the words of this beloved Psalm.


A Psalm of David

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.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD

By Kathy Cheek


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