Psalm 23:2b AMP “He leads me beside the still and restful waters.”
Still and restful waters, a peaceful place where the sheep can drink and take a rest. This place, that the shepherd takes the sheep to, is a place that they feel safe. Sheep won’t rest if they are fearful. Isn’t that just like us? The sheep learn to trust the shepherd, and then they can rest in the place he brings them to. They can get a refeshing drink because they feel secure.
A sheep would not follow just any shepherd, they know the sound of their own shepherd’s call. When more than one flock get mixed up together, each shepherd will give call and the sheep, will sort themselves out, finding their own shepherd. They know their shepherd.
You can’t trust just anyone, not every shepherd is the Good Shepherd. Our Good Shepherd really cares for us. He knows us personally. Our Shepherd knows our thirsts, and He knows our physical limits, He knows when we need rest. He also knows that we need to trust Him, to feel secure and have belonging. It takes time. It requires you to see His faithfulness and love, and in time, you realize that He proves Himself. You come to know that He is good, true, and reliable. He is trustworthy. You can count on Him. He leads you safely to a place where your thirst is quenched in Him, and He gives you rest.
A shepherd wants his sheep to drink good, clean water, cool and refreshing. He wants them to be satisfied so that they can rest. Jesus, offers us Living Water, that is His thirst-quenching water. When we are left on our own, like sheep without a shepherd, our thirsts may lead us to seek refreshment in putrid puddle water. Our thirsts are not quenched in the things of this world. We can only be satisfied with the true Living Water.
John 4:14 AMP “But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him, shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.”
When we know we are safe in the everlasting arms of our Lord, we can truly rest. Come and drink, take in the Living Water, and be refreshed. He is with us to continually replenish our thirsts. Be replenished and find rest in Him today.