Scripture Reading: Psalm 23
Psalm 23:2--He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Lie down—repose, stretch out. Green pastures—not for food, but luxuriant, tender grass to lie on. Lead—bring to a place of rest. Still—quiet, rest.
Everything in this verse is peaceful, calm, and pleasant. And present tense!
My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.26 For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
Sound wisdom—support behind successful acting, support, substance. Discretion—plan, intent, purpose. Safely—secure, refuge. Afraid—startled, shaken, tremble. Sweet—agreeable, pleasant. Sudden fear—and the evil that causes that fear, surprising. Confidence—fatness, source of strength.
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
Wisdom and understanding—the discernment/judgment that comes out of knowledge. Counsel—advice. Might—courage to give it! Knowledge—an understanding of the will of God and what’s in the heart of people who need advising. Fear of God—first step toward knowledge. Solomon was a type.
Quick understanding—delight in, Literally to smell, can sniff out truth, passes the sniff test! Makes judgments on God’s wisdom, not externals and observations, righteous judgment.
And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
Lie down—be at ease, stretch out, not in fear but in total relaxation. Full—abounding, filled up, fully furnished. Return to Eden.
Still waters—in Bible water and Spirit are linked. Be led by the Spirit.
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him
Wisdom and revelation—making wise to salvation and to the deep things of God. Reveals the mysteries of God—spiritual people can discern spiritual things. Not hidden from any believer who has the Spirit.
Not acknowledging God, but actual knowledge of Him.
2 Peter 3:15-18
And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Hard to be understood—difficult to perceive. Unlearned—those who don’t have the Spirit of knowledge, don’t know deep things of God. Unstable—double-minded, wavering. Wrest—torture, pervert. Error—straying out of the way into delusion and deception.