Thoughts on Psalm 23

I read this the other day and thought it needed sharing…

 

Thoughts on Psalm 23

Psalm 23:4 is familiar to virtually every Christian:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”

I’ve remixed Psalm 23:4 to help you reflect on what the Lord is speaking to you during your crisis:

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of virus, I will fear no evil.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of job loss, I will fear no evil.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of separation, I will fear no evil.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of illness, I will fear no evil.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of child rebellion, I will fear no evil.

(Insert a description of your own calamity for the word death in Psalm 23:4).

Why are the above statements true?

Because You, O Lord, are with me.

Notice: We walk through the valley. We don’t escape it, but it’s not our destination.

To get through the valley we have to go through the valley.

We don’t run through it, either. It’s a walk, not a sprint.

It’s a slow, gradual process. But it will pass.

Note too: A shadow can’t hurt you.

So acknowledge the shadow. It’s real. Don’t deny it.

But don’t mistake the size of the shadow for the size of the object. Shadows always make objects appear bigger than they really are.

Also, every time you see a shadow, there’s a light nearby. So turn your back on the shadow and turn towards the light. That’s where we can be fearless.

Another insight: Water is found in the valley, not on the mountaintop. Don’t miss those opportunities for refreshment along the way.

Finally, as you’re walking through the valley of the shadow of death, realize that there is a Lily of the valley (Song of Solomon 2:1)

That is a reference to your Lord and Saviour. 

From: “Hang On, Let Go” by Frank Viola (pages 125-127)