IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: WALKING THROUGH THE SHADOW OF DEATH FEARLESSLY
COMPILED/EDITED BY:- Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Deep hollow between mountains; a low land flanked on both sides by high lands.
It always has deep waters, streams, and wells flowing through. Shepherds love valleys because of the green grass growing there that can be good food for their flocks. The fact that it is flanked by mountains on both sides shades it from direct sunlight; covered by the shadow of the mountains. The height of the mountains could impose darkness on the valley; at day time and the prevailing temperature will be very cool. As cool and good as the valley, it is a place where terrible animals are found. Animals like bears, wolves serpents, etc. because they like the atmosphere of the valley. It could be It could be in a valley that David fought with bears and lions and he won because the Lord was with him.
A shadow is a figure produced from the blockage of light by another figure. It is not the real thing, it is a representation of it. The shadow of a dog cannot bite because it is not the real animal. The shadow of a serpent cannot bite. The shadow o f a gun cannot kill. No matter how dark a shadow could be, it reminds one of the presence of light because it is when light is shielded, that a shadow is produced.
This is one of the most comforting verses in the bible. Basically it says that when I am walking in tough times, even to the point of death I will not fear because of the Lord’s protection. We get back to the rod and staff. The staff was a way for the shepherd to bring his sheep back to the fold if they started to wander off. The Lord everyday keeps us from wandering off.
I’m not afraid of the valley of death. Why? Because I have a relationship with God – He has promised that He will walk with me through that valley. God has promised to walk with me every step of the way. God promises His presence. God does not leave me alone. “He walks with me.” “He guides me.”That’s what verse four tells us, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalms 23:4 (KJV)
Let me give you another reason we can have hope. We can have hope because Jesus died but He conquered death. Jesus stopped breathing. Jesus heart stopped beating. Jesus died – but He came back to life.
What comforts us most and helps us is the psalm’s confidence. David really believes this about God. We realize as we linger over these words that what David writes is not poetic exaggeration or theoretical theology. He has experienced God in these ways, heard His voice, followed His lead, felt His care. Beneath the beauty of his words there are solid convictions, formed in the crucible of crisis.
May the Lord guide each step you take. May God provide all that you need and refresh your soul when it feels worn out. May you know God’s peace and presence in the midst of the valley’s of life and trust his correction as it comes. May God comfort you when you walk through the darkest places. Amen!
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