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The Life of Peace

The Life of Peace

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY ROBERT A. REDFORD


THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM.

"He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He i.eadeth me beside the still waters."

Psalm, xxiiL. 2.
BY ROBERT A. REDFORD


THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM.

"He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He i.eadeth me beside the still waters."

Psalm, xxiiL. 2.

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THE LIFE OF PEACEBY ROBERT A. REDFORDTHE TWETY-THIRD PSALM."He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:He i.eadeth me beside the still waters."Psalm, xxiiL. 2.THE words of Scripture require one kind of commentary but too seldom employed, — that,namely, which is written by Grace in the heart andlife. How much of the simple language of the Psalmsremains barren and powerless, in its familiarity, forlack of such a sympathy as would connect it with ouro^n exp)erience ! " Holy men of (iod spake as theywere moved by the Holy Ghost." As the same HolyGhost moves in our affections, and frames our history,He bestows upon us the gift of interpretation.David speaks in his own person, and thus setsbefore us the truth which was given him, as fact whichhis own life testified. " The I^ord is my shepherd."Our faith is not real except it delights in facts ; exceptit is using experience as daily nourishment. Though112in this Twenty-third Psalm no one historical featuiappears identifying the writer, still every spiritual facset forth is manifestly drawn from life. So true ievery word to the spiritual realities of which it speak that we never exhaust the application of such a psaln
 
We feel it more and more helpful to declare our owfaith and praise. Here, then, is the first and nearejof the believer's thankful testimonies to the ShepherdGrace, — " He maketh me to lie down in green pastiu^He leadeth me beside the still waters."The Shepherd knows where the sheep will finsupplies. He brings it, spite of its own ignorance anwilfiilness, to the chosen spot Going before, Hleadeth " beside the still waters." How excellent H:provision ! Grassy places, where the softly flowinstream offers refreshment ; shady banks, where ovehanging branches shield from the noontide heat ; ricpasture, where the hungry find abundance, and thsatisfied lie down to rest !I. The Lord, the Shepherd, is here adored aTHE SOURCE OF BLESSEDESS TO THOSE WHO TRUSI Him." I am in His hand. He chooses out for me thplace of blessed life. He maketh me to know ilblessedness." He guides me into peace. He keepme in the way of peace." Both the outward dispostion of his Ufe and the secret history of his sbirevealed to the Psalmist a divine control, in which herejoiced to feel himself. When the storms of troublehad passed by, and the calm enjoyment of lifereturned, he could look back and recognise how littlehis own foresight, and his own strength, had to dowith providing the " green pasture " in which he was
 
lying down. " Wonderfully hast Thou dealt with me,"he exclaimed, " Thou gracious Guide of my ways ! "" In Thy favour is life ! " And so, when his soulrejoiced in the food set before him in Divine Truth,and when in the house of God, he saw "the powerand glory," which " satisfied him, as with marrow andfetness," which were as refreshing water in '*a dryand thirsty land," he adored the Good Shepherd, asthe source of all his blessedness. " He maketh me tolie down in green pastures : He leadeth me beside thestill waters."This controlling, providing, love appears in all thedealings of the Shepherd with the sheep. See, how itwas with the little flock first gathered about theShepherd during the season of His earthly humiliationand ministry. In those early days of their associationwith Jesus, disciples were, as yet, but on the way to" green pastures " and " still waters." They were notlying down in the peace of full enjoyment. They clungas sheep to the shepherd, following closely. They" trusted that it was He who would redeem Israeh"Step by step, waiting, watching, hoping, they went"4after Him to JerusalenL Some still followed^ thougthe cloud fell upon Him, and though afar off, trembliniamazed, bewildered, they witnessed His agony andeath. Whither had the vision vanished I Where wathe "green pasture;" where flowed the "still waters 1o one, of all those first disciples, left to himself ithat point of his Master's humiliation, would hoMrecovered hope and triumphed over despondencyThe full joy of faith would never have been realisecThe wonders and delights of the past would hav\vithered away into barren recollections. The Worof God, which had seemed to be opening its promise

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