Let's continue delving into the wonderful promises for sheep, as outlined by David in Psalm 23 . We've already established that sheep have the privilege of having the Lord as their Shepherd, by invitation. As sheep welcome the Lord as their Shepherd, they joyously discover that He will provide for all their needs! The next part of the Psalm deals with their "Diet", or choice of "restaurant".
"But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body" 1Corinthians 6:19,20
|It's all a matter of "SELF CONTROL"!|
|Honestly, I'm not trying to "Pull the Wool over Ewer Eyes"! I don't Overeat!|
"He makes me to lie down in green pastures;.." Psalm 23:2a
David now conveys the scenario of the Shepherd leading His sheep to a place that's rich in Nourishment & in Security. Did Ewe know
that sheep will graze for 7 hours a day on average? They eat mostly at the crack of dawn & at sunset. Sheep love to eat grass, clover, & a broad leaf flowering plant known as a forb. The Shepherd, as an expert "restaurant" manager, is responsible to lead the sheep to the finest "Grazing Restaurants". The Shepherd will lead sheep away from the poisonous plants & into the finest nutritious plants. After all, we all know that, "Ewe are what Ewe eat"!
"And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food." Genesis 1:29
|These days, Ewe just can't find grass this GOOD!|
|So much Good Grass to eat & so little Time!" God is GOOD!|
David continues to elaborate on how the Shepherd cares for the sheep by taking care of another one of their basic needs, which is water! David intimates that the Shepherd leads sheep, not only to the finest "restaurants", but also to the most refreshing "drinking holes"! He knows exactly what will satisfy the sheep's thirst. Sheep require anywhere from 1/2-4 gallons of water a day, depending on how much moisture is in their feed. Generally speaking, there are 3 main water sources for sheep. They are deep wells, streams & springs, & dew on the grass! Did Ewe know that sheep prefer to drink still water? Diverted streams & dew on the grass are both excellent sources of "Still" water that they can drink from until they are satisfied! Shepherds recommend redirecting moving streams, when possible, to hewn-out caverns, due largely to the potential health & environmental hazards.
"Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” John 4:10
"The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price". Revelation 22:17
|I'm enrolled in an AP course in "WATER DRINKING"!|
|I'm so thirsty! This Line to the water hole seems really long today!|
Sheep have the same basic needs of Food & Water as we do. Fortunately, sheep have a Shepherd that is "Looking Out" for them.
|I Thank God for my Shepherd! Without him, I wouldn't survive!|
|I feel like a "million bucks" under the care of my Shepherd!|
"He makes me to lie down in green pastures;He leads me beside the still waters." Psalm 23:2