Psa. 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
Over the years, the Lord brought several men of God into my life to influence me in specific ways. One of those men was Dick Mills. Dick has gone on to his heavenly reward; while he was here, he had a profound impact on my life. I remember the first time I met Brother Mills was in a service at Bible School in 1976. I remember how he called one young man out of the congregation and as the man approached Dick, Brother Mills gave him a word from the Lord. The young man fell on the floor as if he had been shot by a gun. I saw for the first time the profoundness of the operation of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. Over the years as I developed a relationship with Dick, I began to grow in my appreciation of the marriage of the Word and the Spirit in ministry. This would be the foundation that I built my ministry on. To preach and teach God’s Word and to wait on the moving of the Spirit would be the two pronged emphasis of our church. Here are some thoughts from Thomas Dale on today’s powerful verse.
“With guidance to “green pastures,” the psalmist has, with good reason, associated guardianship beside “still waters:” for as we can only appropriate the word through the Spirit, so we shall ordinarily receive the Spirit through the Word; not indeed only by hearing it, not only by reading it, not only by reflecting upon it. The Spirit of God, who is a most free agent, and who is himself the source of liberty, will come into the heart of the believer when he will, and how he will, and as he will. But the effect of his coming will ever be the realization of some promise, the recognition of some principle, the attainment of some grace, the understanding of some mystery, which is already in the word, and which we shall thus find, with a deeper impression, and with a fuller development, brought home with power to the heart.”
From the very first chapter of the Bible we see the working together of the Word and the Spirit. This is how we are born again, this is how we learn, this is how we grow up in Christ. So thankfully we don’t have to choose which is more important. Just as I need both air and water, I need the Word and the Spirit daily in my life.