Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Something to Remember

This is a direct quote from God's Psychiatry by Charles L. Allen. It's his interpretation of the twenty-third Psalm:
The Lord is my Shepherd...
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
The sheep is a very timid creature. Especially it is afraid of swiftly moving water...the sheep is a very poor swimmer because of its heavy coat of wool. The sheep will not drink from a moving stream. The sheep will drink only from still waters.

The shepherd does not laugh at the sheep's fears. He does not try to force the sheep. Instead, as he leads his sheep across the mountains and valleys, he is constantly on the watch for still waters, where the thirst of the sheep may be quenched.

If there are still now waters available, while the sheep are resting, the shepherd will gather up stones to fashion a dam across a small stream to form a pool from which even the tiniest lamb may drink without fear.

This petition of the Twenty-third Psalm has wonderful meaning for us. God knows our limitations, and He does not condemn us because we have weaknesses.


Rachel Cotterill said...

I never knew that about sheep. How interesting! It does cast a new light on the verse. :)

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