The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. Psalm

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

He leads me beside quiet waters. Psalm 23:1-2(NIV)

David tells us here that God is his protector, his guide, his source of food.

A shepherd keeps his flock safe from danger.

He gently guides them from one area to another. He leads his charges to areas that have food and water enough for them. The sheep in the flock learn to trust their shepherd. They rely on him for all their needs.

God fills these same roles for us. He protects us from danger. He guides us through turbulent times, ministering to our needs. He provides us with nourishment and fluids to keep our strength up.

During our time of “shelter-in-place” restrictions, there are things we may want but getting them may not keep us safe. We have times where we must be creative with our plans.

Like the picture David paints about the relationship between God and himself, we also learn to rely on God and have no wants for ourselves.

What does the second verse mean to us who live in the 21Century?

He makes me lie down

God allows us time to rest and recover from those times when we have suffered loss or have been harmed. When a family loses a loved one, Our Father allows them to grieve the loss.

in green pastures

As children, we may have laid down in our yards and watched the clouds in the sky. I remember rolling down an embankment of grass and squealing with delight that it was a fun thing to do.

God grants us the rest and relaxation for us to gain a new perspective of who He is and what He can do for us.

he leads me beside quiet waters.

God takes us, as He took David, into calming settings in order to talk to us. Have you ever watched fish in an aquarium?

When my stepmother underwent radiation therapy, the lobby of that area had two fish tanks built into the walls. I found it peaceful to watch as I waited for her daily treatment to be completed.

As we wait for the stay-at-home orders to be lifted, we must listen to God’s voice as He guides us through each of our days.