1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
4 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.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Verse 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
Notice that the Shepherd DID NOT LEAD THEM TO still waters. Instead, He leads them BESIDE the still waters.
If it said to there would be a starting point and an arrival
- The Old Testament law gives us a point to start from and if I do as I am instructed I may arrive.
- The Old Testament law is based upon condition. That is; approval, acceptance is based upon my efforts.
We are seeing a comparison between the Old Testament and the New Testament.
- In the Old Testament we are under law
- In the New Testament we are under grace.
Under the grace & the goodness of God - healing, refreshment, encouragement & joy is with me. It’s not a search, start and finish point – it is figuratively ‘by my side'
I can boldly say, I am under the expert management, and compassionate, tender care of the Good Shepherd!
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