Psalm 23 Part 5
The Valley of the Shadow of Death
“Where lives change and where life can begin again”
I suppose I was rushing this chapter too fast. I wanted to go into the
anointing of oil before the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Lol!
So, let’s back up and take it a little slower.
Psalm 23:4 (NKJV)
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; For You are with me;
Sometimes the circumstances in our lives seem large, dark, scary, and
unsolvable. The devil wants you to think just that.
Matthew 28:20 (GNT)
Jesus said, “And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the
end of the age.” … “And remember that I am always with you until the
end of time.”
The beauty of God is that He is there always …
He cries with us.
Psalm 56:8 (NLT)
8 You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.
He laughs with us.
Psalm 2:4 (GNT)
From his throne in heaven the Lord laughs and mocks their feeble
He fights with us.
Exodus 14:14 (NKJV)
14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
The fight that we fight is in our faith “walk”. We fight the good fight of
faith, knowing we win! The weapons of our warfare are not carnal or
natural, but mighty through God… (2 Corinthians 10:4)
And He empowers us!
Luke 10:19 (NKJV)
19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and
scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by
any means hurt you.
What is a shadow?
A black cloud, dark image, gloom, blight; threat
A shadow is something appearing real but is not. It is only a shadow of
the real thing. God used the word “shadow of death”, wanting you to
understand that Satan is trying to cause something to appear real, that
is not real at all. We go through moments that feel like “surely, I will
not make it through this one,” but God is there all along. As we trust
and fight the good fight of faith, we make it through one step at a time,
trusting in Him and knowing that this too shall pass, and I will make it
to the other side.
Most valleys are a representation of the lower places in our lives in the
Word. Mountain tops are the best of times in our life. But God said I
would be with you always.
Psalm 139:7-10 (NKJV)
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
The constant reassurance of God’s love and presence should give us all
the strength to stand and know we are winners in every battle in life.
Be encouraged today, even though your situation may look like the
“shadow of death”, fear no evil, because God is with you!
Join me next week as we discuss:
“God’s Comfort Through His Protective Arms”
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