God frequently compares humans and sheep. There are many striking similarities, in fact, if we study the behaviors of sheep it will cause us to have more faith and trust in our shepherd Yahweh Raah.
One of the major themes of Yahweh Raah throughout scripture is that the Great Shepherd will make His sheep lie down. God promises in His Kingdom we will have rest, and surely this is part of the reason. But what is striking about the claim that God Himself will make His sheep lie down is the promise hidden inside that our human ears don’t hear. Sheep will never lie down unless they are free from all tension, aggravation, fear and hunger. When God promises to make His sheep lie down we rest knowing that our Shepherd meets every need we have!
“I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak.”
Genesis 48:15, Psalms 95:7, Psalms 79:13, Luke 12:32, Acts 20:28-29, Psalms 28:9, Matthew 18:12-14, Zechariah 11:16, Matthew 25:32-46, Micah 5:4, Jeremiah 3:15, Jeremiah 23:4
Do you believe that God, known as Yahweh Rahh in scripture, can and will meet every need you have?
Repent of not lying down because you don’t trust Yahweh Rahh to remove your fears, relational discord, or hunger. Pray and ask Yahweh Rahh to give you the faith to lie down and trust in His care for you. Listen and think about how Yahweh Rahh is taking care of your needs even now. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal where God is taking care of you and you have not even noticed. Meditate on Psalm 23. Think about all the work and care the shepherd puts in to take care of His sheep. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you how Yahweh Raah is putting that kind of care into taking care of you.
The root word for Tsuri is Sur, a Hebrew word that means “solid foundation”. We are secure when we build our lives upon the unshakable foundation of God. No matter what might happen, our foundation cannot be moved.
The Bible references God as our Rock in several other important ways. In his psalms King David called God his Rock many times. Some of the ways God the Rock helped David were: As his shield, his stronghold, his salvation, his strong tower, his strength, his fortress, his deliverer, his refuge, and his heart. God represented everything in King David’s life that he needed to count on.
“Who is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and set it before me, since I appointed an ancient people. Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen. Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no other Rock; I know not any.”
In Psalm 62:7 King David says: “On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.” Have you rested your salvation, glory and refuge on God, translated here as Elohi Tsuri, or are you still putting your hope of salvation, glory and refuge on a foundation you built yourself?
Repent of trying to build a foundation on anything other than Elohi Tsuri. Pray and ask Elohi Tsuri what parts of your life are on a shaky foundation. Pray about how you need Him to be your Rock today. Listen and think about what would change if you embraced Elohi Tsuri as your refuge and stronghold. In what ways do you need to embrace Him as your shield? Meditate and on how you can show others that your life is built on Elohi Tsuri.