Psalm 23:4 AMP “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
David says, 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.”
When you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death, the light is blocked, the place is dark and deep and it seems to be very hopeless. When I think of this verse, it makes me think of Job who lost family, belongings, as well as his own personal health. Even so, Job said, “Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him.” Job 13:15 KJV
Darkness can be a place of fear, but David says that he is not afraid of evil, he is not afraid of what Satan can do to him. He doesn’t fear because he knows the protection and guidance offered by the Shepherd’s rod and staff. David is saying:
“though, I as one of the flock, should walk through the most dismal valley, in the dead of the night, exposed to pitfalls, precipices, devouring beasts, I should fear no evil under the guidance and protection of such a Shepherd. He knows all the passes, dangerous defiles, hidden pits, and abrupt precipices in the way and He will guide me around, about, and through them.” (Adam Clark Commentary – public domain)
David knows the Lord, his Shepherd, had often delivered him from dangerous situations. David knows the comfort of the Lord’s presence in the valleys of life and he wasn’t paralyzed there in the valley, he walks through it. Evil lurks in the shadows and impending death is very real to the sheep. Yet David knows the Shepherd is present to protect him from danger and guide him to safety, so he has no need to fear the evil about.
What is it that blocks God’s light for you, leaving you in the shadow of death– a dark, deep, hopeless place? Is it abandonment? A broken relationship? Fear? Pain? How can we know the comfort that David talks about?
David’s comfort is in knowing the guidance and protection of his Shepherd. To know comfort in the valley, we need to trust in knowing the Lord is with us. We must trust that He will guide and protect us. Our fears either grow or diminish in relation to the level of our trust. As fears grow, hope seems to disappear. Fear is more and more present when the Shepherd’s presence seems less and less real to us. It is in knowing the Lord’s presence that we feel at rest. We can find comfort in the valley of the shadow of death because our Shepherd, loves, guides, and protects us.
No matter what evil comes into our lives, no matter when the enemy strikes, we can know a peace within. If you are in a dark valley in your life’s journey right now, seek the Shepherd. Remember, He knows everything there is to know about the path you are on. He knows what lurks around the corner, He knows the pit, the mire, and the muck that you may feel stick in right now. He knows about it all. He has gone before you and He walks with you through it all. He promises to be with us.
Isaiah 41:10 AMP says, “Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes. I will help you, yes. I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice. ”
Find comfort and peace as He guides you through each path of life, whether mountaintops or valleys.