He Makes Me Lie Down

10478683_10202795300859695_5856278954962626708_n1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
4 Eventhough I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 23, often heard at a funeral but is really for those who are still alive. For those who need and want a Shepherd. This Psalm is for you.

For me, i noted God’s Part vs. our part.

Note some key words in the 1st 3 verses  that are all God’s doing, His job, His care, GOD’S PART:
Psalm 23:1-3
  • Shepherd,
  • Makes me lie down,
  • Leads,
  • Restores,
  • Guides.

Now Note the next 3 verses God’s part Psalm 23:4-6:

  • With us
  • Rod and staff (form of defense,  guiding and discipline (know the rod is to defend sheep from wolves & staff is shepherd’s crook to keep us from cliff, guide us in right direction & keep us under His care)
  • Comfort,
  • Prepare,
  • Anoint-er,
  • Overfills (complete satisfaction),
  • Gives goodness
  • Gives loving kindness
  • Follows us to the end
  • Provides an eternal home

What is our part in this relationship with our Shepherd?

Look at the first 3 verses of Psalm 23:1-3

  • Not wanting,
  • Laying down in a comfortable spot,
  • Led,
  • Quench of thirst,
  • Restored,
  • Guided.

Now the last 3 verses, Psalm 23:4-6 our part:

  • Walk,
  • No fear,
  • Comforted by comforter,
  • Peace at the feast (able to eat in front of worse enemy),
  • Anointed by the anoint er,
  • Cup overflows (totally satisfied) like in verse 1 (no want),
  • Being followed by His goodness,
  • Being followed by His loving kindness,
  • Followed all the time,
  • Have an eternal dwelling/home (John 14:1-3)
My prayer, “Lord even as a leader, a program coordinator, Your child, help me let You lead. Help me STOP when you tell me to, In the name of The Lord Jesus Christ and for His sake. Amen”

Pressing On,

Tom “Beetle” Bailey
EXERCISE FOR YOUR SOUL- everywhere you see a personal pronoun (i, me, my) plug in your name as you reread Psalm 23.

Back when I wrote this I worked at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida

That was also my church. Visit their Facebook page:


And if you’re ever in beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida visit

at 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 32084

Final note, may the f.r.o.G. in the pic. for this post remind you to Fully Rely On God.

THE END but don’t stop the music…

:::::::::::::::For those still sitting in the theater:::::::::::::::

I was formerly a drummer now i am just an Instrument.

 For post where i used songs from the band RUSH as a mode of transportation go to: Moving Pictures.
And here are some other modes of transportation to consider:


21 thoughts on “He Makes Me Lie Down

  1. Bertis Jordan

    I taught Sunday School this past weekend from this verse. I went in a similar yet not exact way. You’ve just opened up a totally different outlook to this scripture that I hadn’t considered.
    Thank you!

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  2. Don

    Tom, I enjoy going deeper in Christ with you. Your humble approach (as a child) opens our outlook and possibilities, banishing our self imposed limiting beliefs. Two things our seminary was not strong on: 1. How to be filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit and 2. How to live passed our mistakes and brokenness. I am glad we finally did learn how, even if we had to take the rough road to get there. Love you brother, keep living, loving and leading with eternity in view!

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  8. I plugged in my name every time I came across a personal pronoun (my, me, i) as I reread Psalm 23.


    What a mighty God we “serve” and oh how he provides for me/us.

    Sharing that with the “whosoever” is such a thrill.

    Bless the Lord! !!


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