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5. The Settling of His Refreshing: "He makes me to lie down"

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Verse 2a:  Psalm 23March 5 Professor and Author Dr. Kyle M. Yates expressed it eloquently: “Because He loves me as the good Shepherd, I shall never want. Does He leave out anything in the world that a soul can possibly need? Every material and every spiritual need is provided for helpless, needy creatures who look to the Shepherd for such satisfactions. Only in Him can they be found.”

Parallel passages. The Shepherd satisfies me and He also settles me down. The imagery of lying down is found in other verses. Job 11:19 says “Also you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid…” Ps. 4:8 proclaims, “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for only You, LORD, make me dwell in safety.”  In Isa. 17:2: “…they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.”  Eze. 34:14-15 expounds the imagery even further,  “I will feed them in a good pasture, and on the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there they shall lie in a good fold, and in a lush pasture…