The 23rd Psalms says, “He makes me lie down in green pastures;” Let’s break it down into two parts:
1. “lie down”
Why not sit down? Why not lean up against a tree? Why did God inspire David to write, “lie down?” Let’s look at Isaiah 14:30, it says, “The poorest of the poor will find pasture, and the NEEDY will LIE DOWN in safety.” It is safe to lie down. When we sitting up or standing up we are targets for assault or activity. More thought, more talking, more movement. When we lie down, we are still. When we are still, God can speak; when God speaks, we can hear Him.
2. “makes me”
Here, God is telling us, “Do it.” Again, let’s consider what God did not say: He did not say “I suggest,” “studies show,” “perhaps you should.” No, here, in the Psalm of comfort, God says I will make you lie down. You know how a shepherd would make a lamb lay down? If a lamb kept running off and getting lost; or kept running and not resting; or kept getting threatened by the wolves from running away, do you know what the shepherd would do? Make him lie down. How? By breaking his legs. I’m telling you, if you don’t take time to lie down and truly listen to the Lord, He is capable of making you.
In 1999, I paid a huge price for not resting. I ran–like a dumb lamb–for too long & refused rest. So when I was Baker-Acted and forced to spend the night in a psychiatric ward–I was made to lie down. Yes, God loved me that much that He forced me to rest. I don’t know where you are in your life, but I hope you are resting. You were made to do great things–but resting is part of that plan.