“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.” – Psalm 23:1-2
Do you remember learning about antonyms in school? Those are words that are opposites like light and dark, hot and cold, and happy and sad.
To better understand what David was trying to say in this psalm think about some opposites for a minute.
What would be the opposite of a green meadow or pasture?Maybe a place with brown and dried up grass? What would be the opposite of a peaceful stream? Maybe a raging flood of water or a swift stream?
As a shepherd, David’s job was to take care of his sheep and to find green grass for grazing and still, quiet waters for drinking. This would help his animals to not be frightened or afraid. Sometimes too much stress can cause fear and anxiety.