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    Today's Text and Thought of Encouragement:

    "Tell me, O thou whom my soul lovest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon."

    Song of Solomon 1: 7


    "Impatient hearts want action – now!

    We fear God's time will be too late;

    How prone we are to rush ahead –

    When God says, 'Wait!'

    God's schedule always runs on time,

    Though years seems days or days seem years;

    But happy she who moves God's pace

    And has no fears.

    Not fast nor slow God's timepiece is,

    So let us set our time with His."

    Marjorie Allen Anderson

    Today's Study Text:

    "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures."

    Psalm 23: 2



    Psalm 23 – Part 7

    "In Green Pastures – Fed and Rested"

    "You have bedded me down in lush meadows."

    Psalm 23: 2

    The Message Bible

    Be Still

    "Be still.

    Let your aching heart

    Express itself.

    Be still.

    Do not fear

    What may be released.

    In God's presence

    All is made safe.

    Be still.

    Be still.

    Offer your heart to God –

    He will receive you

    And shelter you…

    Be still.

    Be with God.

    Be whole."

    Ruth Sermon


    "Let be and be still, and know, recognize and understand, that I am God."

    Psalm 46: 10 

    Amplified Bible

    "Shepherd divine, thou leadest me

    where the still waters gently flow;

    In pastures fair thou feedest me;

    I trust Thy love, no want I know."

    Edwin Barnes

    What does a phrase such as: "Makes me lie down in green pastures" mean to me?

    "'He makes me lie down in green pastures,' this is lush imagery. The luxury of living in a tranquil field speaks of serenity, of no anxiety, of 'be still and know.'"

    Todd M. Donatelli, Dean 

    The Cathedral of All Souls


    "Stillness has to do with seeing…the opening of our eyes to another dimension, to the mystery of God that lies all about us."

    M. Mayne

    Years ago, out in front of my grandparents ranch house, was a thick deep lawn that proved to be the perfect place for my sister and me to lie down on during warm summer days. It is the idyllic vision of lying in that cool grass, under large old black walnut trees looking up through the branches at the azure blue sky, which enters my mind whenever I read the words, "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures."

    As we take a closer look at what the Psalmist David, was conveying in Psalm 23: 2, a good place to start is by studying the Hebrew translation along with the definition of four specific words: maketh, lie, green, pastures.

    Word 1: Maketh. This word means to create by putting together component parts. To cause to become. To have a particular effect. In the broadest sense and application in Hebrew, the word "maketh" means to accomplish.

    Word 2: Lie. To recline, to repose. To crouch with all four legs folded like a recumbent animal.

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