Psalm 23:1-2

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures;


This is probably the most loved Psalm. I have always found these beginning verses intriguing. “He makes me lie down in green pastures.” The word “make” implies that there is some coercion to get this to happen. It seems that we don’t want to. If you think about us humans this makes sense. We just keep going. We don’t want to let go. Yet God is telling us there is time for rest and we must use it. He does not mean watching TV or running a marathon. He was us to “lie down.” He not only wants us to lie down but in green pastures. A real resting place. One that requires us to rest our bodies and our minds. Remember this!

Lord, you want us take real “down time.” Help us to remember that we must have that refreshment of our souls. AMEN

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