Warwick, N. Y., Nov. 25, 1907.
Dear Sister Huntt: – You request me to write you with regard to some things in the twenty-third Psalm. This Psalm is a most precious bit of Scripture, and has often been a comfort to many of the Lord’s people.
“He leadeth me beside the still waters.” One cannot lead another unless he goes before. Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, is the forerunner of his people. They never are called to go but where he has already been. “Still waters “signify waters that are quiet, peaceful and deep. “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of our God.” This river, which is the water of life, flows from the throne of God and the Lamb; that is, it issues forth from the place of his power and dominion and is sent forth by his decree. Those who drink of this shall never thirst again (for earthly water), but it will subdue their murmurings and unrest, thus making them quiet, and will afford them a rest and peace which the world cannot bestow nor withdraw. But the stillness of these waters also shows they are deep. Nothing can be deeper or more mysterious than God’s plans and purposes, his ways and thoughts. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! “This water of life which God gives to his people is full of his rich wisdom, his rich knowledge, his unsearchable judgments and his mysterious ways, therefore it is deep water; and still, because it is deep. It is babes and sucklings that are hither led, not grown men. These things are hidden from the wise and prudent and revealed unto babes; they are to the weak, not the strong; to the foolish, not the wise; to the self-conscious sinner, not the boasting Pharisee.
“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.” Pastures are feeding-places for the sheep. Green signifies new, fresh and living. To lie down signifies contentment and satisfaction. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is the pasture in which the sheep of the great Shepherd feed and lie down, it contains such nourishment and food as hungry sinners need. The gospel is green; that is, it is always new, always fresh, and is full of life; there is no death in it. Whenever this glorious news is proclaimed in the heart of a tempest-tossed and trial-ridden sinner it suddenly makes him contented, happy and satisfied, for it says: “It is I, be not afraid.” We do not lie down of ourselves, but he maketh us to lie down, but it is in such a sweet, compelling way that we do not realize at the time that we are being forced into it. He constrains us by love, and moves us by the Spirit’s indwelling, to lie down and be happy, contented and satisfied in what he has prepared for us. Such as has been given unto me, give I unto you.
Yours in love of Jesus’ name,
HORACE H. LEFFERTS.
Signs Of The Times
Volume 76., No. 22.
NOVEMBER 15, 1908.