“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” ~ David
The 23rd Psalm is one of the greatest pieces of literature ever written, as well as a reflection of a dark time in David’s life. The ‘shadow of darkness’ he refers to is a metaphor for the trials and hardships that invade our lives. These dark times come whether they are from sin, sickness, immorality, jealousy, anger, tragedy, or frustration on our part…or from others actions.
The thing to know and to remember above all else is; regardless of the circumstances, no matter what has cast the ‘dark shadow’, there must first be light for a shadow to exist.
Jesus is that ‘Light’.
Even though something seems to overwhelm us and we can’t see that light, it doesn’t mean that the ‘consuming’ fire of Jesus Christ has gone out. David describes Him as walking with him, and He is bearing all that is necessary to comfort you… even in the presence of what this world considers ‘evil’.
With that confidence, we can be assured that He (The Light) will burn through the darkness at the right time. So be certain that He is authoring your faith as you wait on Him. And know that this faith is developing in you ‘virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and that all these are producing love’; “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-8)
God is at work in your life… even in the dark shadows that feel like death itself. Don’t give up! Don’t ever let go of that faith! His light will shine though, and you will know our God is faithful.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
Written by David Brown: David Brown is a husband, father, grandfather, Pastor with a Masters of Religious Studies and a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Dave is the Associate Pastor of Pemberton’s First Baptist Church. He is the author of two devotional books, “From a Chair by the Window.” And “#PrayerWinsThe Day”.
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