He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still water.
Once you see it, it becomes a major part of your every day life. What am I talking about? Why, its right there in today’s verse. The green pastures are the daily provision for sheep. It’s what they live on. What is our provision for daily survival? Of course it is the written word of God. The Bible is our daily food. It is the nutrition we need for our spiritual health. The Shepherd leads us into life itself by constantly directing us to His book. This is where we find salvation, spiritual cleansing, wisdom, equipping for ministry, and it is the weapon to put our enemy on the run. Remember how the Shepherd Himself dealt with the deceiver, “It is written” is all He had to say. Check out Charles Spugeon’s thoughts on the green pastures.
“What are these “green pastures” but the Scriptures of truth—always fresh, always rich, and never exhausted? There is no fear of biting the bare ground where the grass is long enough for the flock to lie down in it. Sweet and full are the doctrines of the gospel; fit food for souls, as tender grass is natural nutriment for sheep. When by faith we are enabled to find rest in the promises, we are like the sheep that lie down in the midst of the pasture; we find at the same moment both provender and peace, rest and refreshment, serenity and satisfaction. But observe: “He maketh me to lie down.” It is the Lord who graciously enables us to perceive the preciousness of his truth, and to feed upon it. How grateful ought we to be for the power to appropriate the promises!.”
Remember what Jesus told His disciples in John 10:27, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”. Shepherds in Bible days had some kind of relationship with their sheep, they talked to them and even sometimes called them by name. This is what happens to us when we begin to spend time reading the Bible. We become accustomed to His word and begin to hear His voice speaking to us. He will take the scripture and breath on it and make it personal to us. We hear His voice and recognize He is speaking directly to us.