Psalm 23 “The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 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. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
I realize that you have hear and read the above 23rd Psalm many times – perhaps you’ve heard countless sermons on it – but today, I ask you to take a fresh look at it and see something special – that might just give you strength in your daily walk. “…though I walk through the darkest valley…”
There are different kinds of darknesses. You walk into a room that is without any light – it is dark - this is physical darkness. You are engulfed in sin – this is spiritual darkness. You are feeling very alone – this is emotional darkness. Each one of us has experienced some if not all of these.
But notice the passage above - “…though I walk through…” – you do not stay in the darkness – you are only passing thru it. Read the next phrase: “I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
No matter the darkness – it is something you’ll pass thru because Jesus, our Lord and Savior, is with us – all of the time – even in our darkest moments. There is NO darkness so deep that Jesus cannot lead us thru – if we trust Him.
One other part of this Psalm to look at is that the darkness falls between “The Lord is my shepherd” and “I will dwell in the house of The Lord forever.”
Accepting Jesus as our shepherd does not remove our struggles and dark times, but we can trust that He is always with us and it is by His hand we will once again see the light of goodness and mercy. Plus, where are we planning on going when our earthly lives are done? David assures us that the darkness will not prevent us from seeing the light of heaven and living in that house not made with hands.
I pray that you will hear this good news in your heart and trust our Lord and Savior Jesus to see us thru ALL struggles and storms of life. He has promised never to leave us alone and you can live on that fact.
Our current world does not want us to trust Jesus, but please – trust Him and follow Him. Satan is seeking to distract us and mislead us – trust Jesus no matter what and see and follow the light of Christ Jesus – He is your Lord and Savior and He is our access to heaven and God our Father. Amen! In Christ’s Love, Pastor Frank