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

plans.

 

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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