“He leads me beside still waters…” Psalm 23:2b

“Still waters” are waters that flow very slowly and calmly; they bring much peace and rest to one’s spirit. One of the most relaxing things in life is the sound of a bubbling brook or flowing stream of water… it is something that brings you to a place of calm, where you can focus without any distractions.

In Hebrew, the words for ‘still waters’ in Psalm 23:2b are “Mai Menochot”, meaning literally, “restful waters”.  Our Shepherd wants to lead us to a place of rest, a place of trust, a place of confidence, a place where you rely on Him and focus on Him without anything that will distract you.  He wants to take the “heavy load” from your life and replace it with His everlasting peace and rest.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and YOU SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” Matt 11:28-30 (emphasis mine)

Another important thing to note in this verse is the fact we need water.  Our Good Shepherd leads us to the place of rest, but before that, He leads us to a place where we can quench our thirst. Without water, one cannot survive for very long; water is a necessity for life and without it, we would die.

Yeshua spoke to us about a different kind of water – the kind of water that, if we drink from it, we will never thirst again. This is not water in the literal sense, the kind from which we drink and will inevitably be thirsty again. The kind of water that He spoke of is everlasting water, the Living Water that will satisfy, comfort, and nourish our souls forever.

If you have never tasted from this water before, I want to encourage you to ask Yeshua to give it to you; you will never know until you taste it:

“O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” Psalm 34:8

If you have tasted from this water in the past, but have walked away from the Lord and are now in a place of spiritual dryness, please know that Lord is offering you to return to Him and once again find nourishment for your weary soul:

“Yeshua answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” John 4:13

In closing, I want to encourage each of us to stay close to our source of Living Water, Yeshua, and drink freely from the wellspring of life.

Shabbat Shalom,


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39 Comments on ““He leads me beside still waters…” Psalm 23:2b”

  1. Moran,
    Thank you for this message about ‘still waters’. Perfect timing as my sister is passing away tonight or by early in the morning. The family are not believers. They don’t know the peace and rest of Y’shua haMashiach. Thank you. God bless you and all your efforts and family.
    Pastor Elliott

  2. Bless you, I needed this and your words of wisdom will stay with me as I reflect on one of my favorite Holy Bible verses – one that I had let gather a little “dust” by letting myself get too busy!

  3. In a situation where I have determined to learn to give ABBA my fears and walk in trust. This Mothers day morning two words came to me, “still waters”. Everything on internet was bringing up Christian sites. Then your site came up.
    I believe I was led here, to a place where I am a stranger and for the first time in my life must learn to support myself. Yet I cannot deny the ‘coinidence’s’ as doors have opened,and, like Hagar , I have found shelter. I am going to name my new home ‘Still Waters’. Thank you for sharing

  4. Thank you for helping me understand the meaning of still waters. I have read this psalm since I was a little girl and it wasn’t until tonight that the Holy Spirit led me to really seek a deeper understanding of it. And I’m so blessed by what you wrote. God bless you richly in Jesus name, Amen.

  5. I love the peace your words bring when reading this about our good Shepherd. Just knowing HE wants to bring me to a place of confidence, rest, trust & reliance on Him is what I need at this time. With the whole world in such fear JESUS is our true peace and refuge. God continue to bless you and Israel.

  6. Wow, blsd b the Lord tonight, studying on the significance of water in the Bible, and the Lord leads me to Psalm 23 then this informative script. God bless..

  7. In sadness this morning as I do my daily walk for exercise, I repeated the 23 Psalm over and over. I paused on “leads me beside still waters” and I realized it was a message from God. I knew immediately what it meant. Now I am home and typed in the quotation and it lead me to this beautiful commentary. It confirmed my message from the Lord. Thank you Jesus.

  8. I Thank God for this power word from “JESUS” Studying wanting to know the true meaning of still water’s don’t have to search no more fully clarity and understanding of who I am in Christ thank God for being the Good Shepherd of my soul keep your ministry of love spreading it reached me

  9. thankyou for the understanding of the meaning of still waters now to seek green pastures amen father in jesus name

  10. Thank you. I feel so relieved and light after reading this. The Lord has replenished my spirit, soul & body. I completely trust Him now and worry nomore. God bless you.

  11. I love how the spirit hits it every time especially when you need it in the hardest times amen.

  12. I awoke at 1:45 a.m. with a heavily disturbed heart and could not go back to sleep. I felt so alone and empty in my pained heart. I prayed and asked for guidance and calmness in my heart. Calmed waters kept coming to my mind. I searched online by cell phone and found what the Holy Spirit led me to — this article! Your reminder of Christ’s truthful words help me to lie down and go back to sleep, again, in peace! Thank you for this! Thank you, Jesus! And thank You, Holy Spirit of Truth, for taking me by the hand and leading me to this Truth! My prayer was answered. Good night, with a peaceful heart.

  13. Thank you my dear brothers and sisters in Christ… It gives me better understanding about “still water”… I’m 1st year college AB theology students and keep studying about the word of God by the guidance of Holy Spirit.

  14. Thanks for providing clarity on the stills waters in Psalms 23:2b.

    Yes, it times, we do resite some of those verses in the bible, but the actual biblical meanings are locking.

    Thanks for the insight once again.

  15. Wow I had a message from the Lord during my night hour of fellowship, I had many questions unanswered, the Lord told me go to the river, where there are still waters, I kept wondering what he meant until I searched and
    came across this message. Boy! It has made my life.

  16. Thank you so much for this message, I’m really blessed by it. Ive once tasted the living water but walked away from it, please join me in prayers for restoration.

  17. Yeshua is always with us no matter the circumstances, He always provides a way we’re there seems to be no way.
    Being by the still waters allows us time to reconnect with our Savior when the world is going wonky and distractions are all around us.

    Thank you for sharing this insight with us ❤️

  18. Yeshua is always with us no matter the circumstances, He always provides a way we’re there seems to be no way.
    Being by the still waters allows us time to reconnect with our Savior when the world is going wonky and distractions are all around us.

    Thank you for sharing this insight with us ❤️

  19. The Holy Spirit prompted me seek the deeper meaning of Still Waters and indeed your explanation took me to another level. Thank you so much

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