A Look at Psalms 23 Part 3a
The enemy is always trying to advertise those things that God has fenced off in a way cause me to meander over to the fence line and peer over.
[Psa 23:2 NKJV] 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
I used to wonder about the first part of this verse. How come God would have to “make me” take what I need to survive? But, if I look at this from a spiritual point of view, the truth is He does have to make me pause, to give opportunity for me to take what I need in order to spiritually survive. It’s surprising how difficult it can be to receive for people who frequently give and serve. I’m reminded of Mary and Martha, Mary was receiving like she should have been, and Martha was giving when she needed to be taking. I have to remember that, when it comes to making a significant impact, I can only give out to the proportion of significance I have received from God. It is not a selfish thing to take time to receive; it’s actually the opposite. Those who are givers should be racing to receive the most so they can give more.
While that is all good to know in principal, I find it difficult to always know when I should be lying down and receiving or when I should be up and carrying out the duties of my calling. I guess this is one of the many areas of life were I get to rely on The Holy Spirit to guide me.
I recently saw a cow manage to get her head through a four rail pipe fence and push the ground soaked fence post to a nearly 45 degree angle. She then extended her neck as far out as she could and stuck her long tongue out to reach the blade of grass as far away as possible. Was it worth it? That I don’t know, but the grass on her side of the fence was indistinguishable from the grass she was after. It is absolutely true that livestock have a common mentality, “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”. There are times I have to fight back this very same livestock mentality. The enemy is always trying to advertise those things that God has fenced off in a way cause me to meander over to the fence line and peer over. He is a crafty and cunny foe who lies (2 Co 11:3) and spray paints his lifeless grass to be green. I have to be alert to his schemes and just as importantly be at rest in the confines of God’s boarders that are filled with lush green pastures.
I also think that God’s fences don’t hold back any good thing from me and I think people might be surprised by the expanse of His pastures. Additionally it’s worth considering that more than likely in the times of David there were no fences at all and the herd of sheep would flock to the shepherd. That said, I still think there is room for the fence analogy.
Father, please help to quiet my mind when I need to receive, help me to prioritize You over what I do for You. Lord, expose the false advertisements of the devil and help me not to take for granted your green pastures. Amen.
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