Psalm 23:4 Yea, 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.
Brothers and sisters, the valley of the shadow of death can refer to any distressing time in our lives. The awareness of our own mortality often comes with sickness, trials, and various hardships. But the Lord, our Protector, can lead us through these difficult dark valleys to an eternal life with Him. There is no need to fear death’s power.
1 Corinthians 15:25-27 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. (26) The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. (27) For He has put all things under His feet. But when He says all things are put under Him , it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.
You are with Me: The Good Shepherd is with us even in what seems to be the most difficult and troubling situations.
Your rod and Your staff: Ancient shepherds used the rod and staff to rescue, protect, and guide the sheep. They became symbols of the Good Shepherd’s loving care over His flock.
The sheep are not alone: Their Shepherd is standing over them, guiding them into safety, just as the Lord stands over us and protects us.
Let’s you and I take a walk. Our song, “Pomp and Circumstance.” and we will take the graduation walk.
Sisters, slip your arm into your father’s and walk to meet your future spouse.
Leave the church pew, and walk the aisle to give your life to Christ.
In this psalm, David spoke of a different walk, a perilous one through “the valley of the shadow of death.” David knew this dark place, lead his frightened sheep through a narrow canyon that blocked the sum. The threat of a deadly attack from wild animals was present. In these moments brothers and sisters, a good shepherd will not leave the flock, but would use his rod and staff to protect and guide the sheep, bringing them to safety.
Brothers and sisters are you walking in that dark difficult valley where the walls of despair are closing in? Don’t be afraid. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, has not left you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not truly have tomorrow. Salvation is a free gift. Have a Blessed Day.
Written By Edward Jeffries