Imagine walking down the street alone one quiet night. As you walk past a street light, the Shadow of a person with a knife in his hand behind you appears. You fear for your life because you know evil is present.
In Psalm 23, the psalmist wrote, “Even though I walk through the Valley of the shadow of Death, I fear no evil, for You are with me ….” (verse 4). Similar to the scenario above, the psalmist mentions a shadow that he refers to as a shadow of death.
A shadow is more than just a shadow. It indicates the existence of something that’s real and near. For David, it could be Saul and his army that were pursuing David’s innocent blood. This is suggested in the next verse of the psalm when David refers to his enemies: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies” (verse 5).
Do you find yourself, in effect, walking through a valley of the shadow of death today? Perhaps it is financial hardship or chronic illness or a rocky marriage. It has not yet landed its knockout punch but you see its ominous shadow. And fear wants to overwhelm your soul.
Why We Can Walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death
David said concerning the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me. This is also the reason can we walk through that valley–God is with us.
Unbelievers aren’t the only ones who experience the shadow of death. Christians experience them as well. The difference is that when we do, God is with us. That makes all the difference in the world—or at least it should.
But the question is, does the fact that God is with us embolden us as it did David such that he feared no evil.
The Significance of “God Is With Us”
As God was with David, so is He with us. So what’s the big deal about the fact that God is with us? Actually, it is a big deal that God is on our side:
- We have the peace of God that passes all comprehension (Phil. 4:7). It is this peace that enables us to walk through the valley of the shadow of death and to fear no evil.
- We have divine protection. God gives His angels charge concerning us to keep us in ALL our ways (Psalm 91:11).
- Those who are with us are more than those who are against us (2 Kings 6:16). This powerful reality exists in the spiritual realm even though we can’t see it.
No matter what your shadow of death is, you have more than enough to overcome when God is on your side. In everything (tribulation, distress, persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, etc) you are more than a conqueror through Him who has loved you and who does love you (Romans 8:37).
It is when you have unwavering faith in the fact that God is with you–and everything that entails–that you can walk through the valley of the shadow of death and fear no evil.
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