We find in this verse a simple statement, but as we break it down we see the Lord, our shepherd, begin a labor of love more than a simple invite to lie down in a green pasture.
Due to their natural make up, you can't just bring sheep into a pen, or pasture and say lay here and enjoy the day. It won't happen. So the shepherd's work begins.
For the next few articles we are going to look at four requirements that have to be met before a sheep will lie down.
1. Free from fear:
A restless or disturbed flock never does well. All it takes is for one sheep to take off at a blind run and the complete herd will follow. The same is true with people, at any hour our entire life could change and like sheep we become timid.
A flock will tend to calm down once they recognize their owner is with them.
As the sheep look toward their shepherd for the calming of fear, we need to look to our Christ for peace from fear.
In 2 Timothy 1:7 the sound mind refers to a disciplined mind, we must look toward the author and finisher of our faith and discipline our thoughts and actions to find relaxation in the Good Shepherd.
In Eph. 6:12 we find the spirit of fear that we battle against comes from Satan himself.
In Romans 8:15 we find fear is bondage. Christians have broken that bondage, have you?
1 John 4:18 says we are given the spirit of power, love and of a sound mind.
A sound mind is one of peace, not obsessed with fear. Jesus makes it possible, to lie down in green pastures.