“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters”
In order to get a better understanding of this verse, one needs to understand the symbolic representation as well as the concrete.
“He” is referencing the Great Shepherd as continued from verse 1.
“Makes me lie down in green pastures” can be misleading to some if we attempt to take the word makes literally. He provides us with opportunities—whether we take them or not, that’s on us—in rich environments, environments that are ripe with possibilities. Are you dwelling in a rich environment, ripe with opportunities, just waiting for your unique touch? We do when we follow His lead. Like the old adage says, “you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink it.” I can imagine that God feels the same way about us when we do not follow His directions in leading us. We complain and wonder what happened, but we seldom look to self as the culprit.
Then after He leads us to the opportunity, He “leads us beside quiet waters,” provides us with the space (learning patience) we need to maintain peace—in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and in our country. Before we can attempt to create peace outside of ourselves, we must know the peace of God and that peace should dwell within us. We should not be so easily moved by every trial and tribulation that confronts with emotional irrationality. Emotional reactions to any situation will generally lead to miscalculations about what should be done and when. When peace resides, calm, rational thinking can reign and the end results will be more harmonious and resemble godliness than without it.
Allow Him to bring you into the place where opportunities abound and peace resides richly wherever you go!