He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters.
1. Here is fulness (pastures and waters). Pastures alone are not enough for sheep, but they must have waters too.
2. Here is goodness. Though there be pastures, yet if they be not wholesome, the sheep are not fed, but destroyed by them. Not mere pastures, but green pastures; not mere waters, but still waters are provided here for David.
3. Here is well-pleasedness.
I. THAT GOD DOTH PROVIDE ENOUGH, OR SUFFICIENTLY FOR HIS PEOPLE.
II. THAT AS GOD PROVIDES A FULL ESTATE, SO THE BEST ESTATE FOR HIS FLOCK OR PEOPLE. Pastures which are green, and waters which are still. To omit many things there is a threefold estate of God's people:
(1) Their spiritual estate;
(2) their glorious estate;
(3) their temporal estate.That the condition of the godly is much better than the men of this world do judge it. Godliness is no parched wilderness, no barren heath, nor like the mountains of Gilboa: it hath the greenest pastures, and the stillest waters.
(O. Sedgwick, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.