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8. The Serenity of His Rest: “beside the still waters” (v. 2d)

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Psalm 23:2d March 8Our Pastor, Dr. Randy Wallace, used the 23rd Psalm to talk with the preschoolers last Sunday night and it reminded me how versatile this psalm is...children memorize it and yet it is one of the most used verses at the funerals. It is perhaps why Phillip Keller, a shepherd and author of A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, says, “It is no accident that God has chosen to call us sheep. Our mass mind (or mob instincts), our fears and timidity, our stubbornness and stupidity, our perverse habits are all parallels of profound importance. Yet despite these adverse characteristics Christ chooses us, buys us, calls us by name, makes us His own and delights in caring for us.” Today we look at the still waters.


The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.



Restful waters. The waters are not just still, they are what I call “resting waters.” In nearly every other location in the Old Testament, the word used for “…