Often, I don't sleep very well. I have a hard time getting to sleep, and I often wake up in the middle of the night and then have a hard time getting back to sleep. One of the things I've found recently that helps me get back to sleep is to meditate on different excerpts from the Bible. I've been rather fixated on the 23rd Psalm for a while (and my success rate of falling asleep after thinking about it has been pretty good), so I thought I'd do a series of posts on my thoughts on it. This is part 2 of my 'meditations' on Psalm 23.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.My initial thoughts around this section of the Psalm centre around rest and food. Its interesting that the very first thing David highlights in this Psalm that the Shepherd does for his sheep is related to rest. A good thing to consider while I'm trying to go to sleep. Stress and rest don't really go together. A sheep can't get run away from predators fast from a lying down position, so there's an element of trusting the shepherd in the act of lying down.
He leads me beside still waters
- refreshed - the water is cool and flowing over me,
- cleaned - the water current gently washes the dirt off of me, and
- my thirst is quenched.
What I can't connect
Other posts in this series:
- Psalm 23 - Part 1 - The Lord is My Shepherd
- Psalm 23 - Part 3 - Restoration and Righteousness
- Psalm 23 - Part 4 - Valley of the Shadow of Death
- Psalm 23 - Part 5 - A Table in the Presence of My Enemies
- Psalm 23 - Part 6 - Anointed Head, Overflowing Cup
- Psalm 23 - Part 7 - Goodness and Mercy Follow Me
- Psalm 23 - Part 8 - Dwell in the House of the Lord