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.
What a profound and impactful verse. Many take comfort in this Psalm; they find hope and peace in this text. They come to it during their darkest of times for a comforting and reassuring reminder that God is with us no matter how dark and scary the valley may be.
God is with you always.
He leads you through the valley, not to stay and set up camp. Not to settle down and make roots, but to keep on pushing forward, to keep on pressing on, and to keep on wading through.
Peace and joy await on the other side, and the journey is more than worth it.
I know that the valley is dark, and seemingly hopeless. Steeped deep in depression and doubt. It is a bitter brew of tea that is hard to swallow. And we wonder “where is God?” Where is He when we need Him the most? Where is He to help us endure this painfully over brewed cup?
(Jesus did take of this cup though, when praying to God the Father about His soon coming sacrifice, so He knows exactly how bitter it is)
But this verse says that He is with you always. He is not afraid of the valley, He is not dismayed by the trough of murky waters that try to drown you. He is there with you, holding your hand and leading you through.
And He uses this valley to bring out the best in you, to strengthen your faith in Him, and to cause you to realise His mighty power to pull you through.
His hand is never too short to reach us, and we are never too far from Him that He does not think of us.
There is peace in the valley, if we but just accept God as our help, our leader, and our protector. So do not fear, we will get through this valley!