“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.
Did you know? — Lone Soldier
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