Psalms 23:2 “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters”
Today I want to share on the topic of “Still Waters” taken from Psalms 23:2. This verse speaks of waters that are “Still” as opposed to the churning of sea waters. Similarly, a person can either be still and calm or nervous and excited depending on the circumstances or situation he is in.
Psalms 23 speaks of the Lord as our Shepherd watching over the flock under His care. As our Shepherd we can put our trust in Him to lead and guide us. As indicated in verse 2, it is the Lord’s desire to lead us to a place of comfort beside the still waters. He wants us to stay calm by leading us beside the still waters, to rest and relax so that we can enjoy peace of mind.
It is the stillness of the waters that will cause believers to be calm and relax, just like when they are seated beside a lake on a day when the weather is calm to enjoy a weekend picnic with family and friends. As believer we seek peace in mind, spirit, soul and body and we will find them in the Lord as we allow Him to lead us. In John 14:27 we see that we can truly have his peace when he declared the following words to us:
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Yes, it is from the Lord that we receive His peace, not as the world gives! This is the peace that the world cannot give nor money can buy. It is the “Shalom” peace that only a believer can enjoy and rest in it. It is the God kind of peace that can truly keep us calm and still. Amen!
On weekend, I often go to enjoy the quietness of a reservoir near my home. I go there for light tackle fishing, not so much to catch fish but simply to relax after a week’s work. At such times, I would see people young and old seated quietly beside the still waters having a quiet family get-together.
That’s when they can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life to enjoy some quietness.
Dear friends, if you are seeking peace and quietness, ask the Lord to lead you beside the still waters. It need not be a physical thing like a river and lake. All you need is to be in focus to stay calm and quiet and learn to separate yourself from the crowd but go to a quiet place like a park when you can find your peace.
Let me share an experience. Once, I was with a few friends out at sea near Pulau Bukom, the oil refining island about 4 to 5 miles off the coast of Singappore. We were enjoy fishing with the waters remaining quiet and calm. It was hardly moving, the surface reflecting happily as the sun shone on it. But then suddenly we could see foams of waves approaching from a distance towards us and through experience, we knew a storm had arisen. Within minutes, the waters around us were churning and our boat began to rock. A storm had arisen and we quickly moved nearer to take shelter behind an Island.
In scriptures, we see waters can be dangerous, when they moved fast and when they thunder and roar as the seas were churned by raging winds. In Psalms 106:10-11, we are shown how the rising waters covered the enemies of God’s people and destroyed them all:-
“10 And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.
David said in the scripture “He leadeth me beside the still waters”. Friends, today the Lord is saying to you to allow Him to lead you with his Peace. If you are facing a storm of any kind, just call to the Lord and say “Lord, I receive your Shalom Peace. Remove this storm that I am facing and lead me right now beside the quiet water. Lead me beside the still waters. Let the storm pass and let your peace come.”
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