“The Lord is my Shepherd”
Blessed assurance / Jesus is mine :–)
“He makes me lie down in green pastures”
… Philip Keller (in A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23) writes that sheep do not lie down easily, and will not unless four conditions are met. Because they are timid they will not lie down if they are afraid. Because they are social animals they will not lie down if there is friction among the sheep. If flies or parasites trouble them they will not lie down. Finally, if sheep are anxious about food or hungry they will not lie down. Rest comes because the shepherd has dealt with fear, friction, flies, and famine.
“though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil”
… Death in its substance has been removed, and only the shadow of it remains. And where there is a shadow, there is a light stronger still, and that is Christ, who is ‘with us always, even till the end of the age’. Though evil can and does exist, I fear it not. Not because I am strong, or because evil invariably ebbs, but because You, Lord, are with me.
“and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”
… that after so much wandering, and being lost, in You I find a home. To see Your beauty, to be where You are, to have a refuge from the storm that always rages, to have a place where I am welcome not for my merits or striving, but just as I am. It is a home that is not shaken – there will I stay, all the days of my life, with goodness and mercy aplenty for all who enter in.
and how are we to enter this house, to know this rest and assurance?
in John 10:9-10, Jesus says this:
I am the gate, the door, the only Way, that whosoever enters through me shall not perish. For I have come that you might have life, and have it abundantly.