Psa 23:2 …He leads me beside the still waters” (b)
The Divine Shepherd leads rather than order the sheep. Matthew Henry writes, “Those that feed on God’s goodness must follow His direction; He leads them by His providence, by His word, by His Spirit, disposes of their affairs for the best, according to His counsel, disposes their affections and actions according to His command…“
He leads not in the path of hurricane or flood, but by still waters for He is gentle and meek. Matthew Henry further writes, “God leads His people, not to the standing waters which is corrupt and gather filth, … but to the silent purling waters; for the still but running waters agree best with those spirits that flow out towards God and yet do it silently.” His leading builds total trust and confidence on Him for every need. Psa 34, “1 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” … “9 Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. 10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing”
As Elijah was troubled in his heart from fear of Jezebel’s threats, God did not appear to him in a thunderous way but in still small voice. God knows how to calm the troubled waters (peace be still).