Still Waters

“He leads me beside the still waters.”  (Psalm 23:2)

Most people associate the still waters of David’s Shepherd Psalm with peace.  However, if you do some research you will find that when a sheep drinks from a stream of water that stream must be as flat and still as a mirror or the water will go up the snout of the sheep.  The authentic application of this metaphor is therefore that the still waters mean our great Shepherd leads us to the places just suited for us.

In 1979 I resigned from a large church and accepted a call to a small church that had just begun.  After being in the small church for a year I went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota because of weird symptoms I was experiencing.  After nearly a month of studies, the doctor who directed my program misread my file.  Thinking I was still in the large church, when he gave me the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis he told me I needed to go to a small church in a small town.    I told him that I had already been in a small church for a year.  I was to learn to be fulfilled with doing less and doing it better.

As my symptoms persisted and I was confined to a wheelchair a group of men helped me build a house that accommodated my physical challenges.  One of them made a stained glass window with two words on it.  Near the entrance for 26 years those two words have been “Still Waters.” Those two words are not just a label for my home but also my ministry – in this location I have accomplished the most fruitful work of my life.

Can you write those two words across what God is doing in your life right now?

2 Responses to Still Waters

  1. BGibbs says:

    Thank you for allowing God to use to be a blessing to me and to so many people around the world. I learned something new about the meaning of “still waters,” as you explained how the waters were to be flat and made just right for the sheep to drink. I was blessed by that, too. I appreciate your time and hard-work with creating the mini bible college teachings. I am beginning the journey to studying your notes on the Bible. I did not know of this website and God led me to your ministry in Christ through your teaching on “Four Spiritual Secrets,” and I was directed to your website by the lady who gave the study questions at the very end of the audio-book. Thank you so much for the teachings. If there are any particular books or names of Christian authors you recommend for additional spiritual growth, please e-mail them to me. May God richly bless you and your family! Sincerely, Bee

  2. Sunny Joseph says:

    Praise to Lord Jesus for his care. In recent time, while I was meditating Psalms 23, God has revealed me some secrets it contain. I will explain it in very short.

    In Psalms 23 God in his Trinity form is present, i.e. The Father God, Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

    1. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

    It represent Salvation (Romans 10:9)
    The first half is in Present Tense and second half is in Future Tense, i.e. if you accept God as your Shepherd/Savior, your future will be blessed.

    2. He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
    He leads me beside the still waters.

    Green pastures represent the Word of God
    Still waters represent the Holy Spirit

    lie down means rest. When a sheep takes rest, it chew the cud means we have to meditate the Word of God that we heard and read.

    God take us to the still waters i.e. Holy Spirit. It is our choice to drink from it or to step down in deep waters.
    You drink the water when you pray.
    You step down in the water when you worship the God. (Ezekiel 47)

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

    God take away all the pain in our heart and guide us through his Words of God.

    4. 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.

    Our faith may be tested like God tested Israel in the desert, but God will never leave us alone. His presence will be with us.

    His rod means the Word of God
    His staff means the Holy Spirit

    Rod is used to attack the predator and to protect the sheep. Lord Jesus won the tests by Satan using the Word of God (Mathew 4)

    Staff is used to save sheep from eating poisonous leaves (worldly sins), to guide sheep in right way and to pull down the leaves that unable to reach. This way Holy Spirit alert us from doing sins, guide us in the right way and pull down heavenly blessings that we are unable to reach.

    5. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
    You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

    It is the blessings of God. He feed and keep us well in front of our enemies. Anointment is a spiritual blessing and He give us special authority over our enemies. Cup runs over shows the abundant blessings, we will be able to help others also.

    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.

    It is the grace of our Lord that will follow us.
    It is the ever lasting life we will have in Lord Jesus (Revelation 21:1-4)

    I hope you may have blessed by reading this explanation.

    Note: I am not a preacher or pastor. I am a simple believer of Jesus Christ. There are some other words also that revealed to me while meditating.

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