Think of your darkest valley. Maybe it was when a loved one passed away, when you were let go from a job and couldn’t find work, when you were diagnosed with an illness, when you struggled through infertility, when your parents divorced, when you battled against depression, or when you tried to break free from an addiction.
In these moments, what did you fear? That you weren’t good enough? That you would lose your life? You would negatively impact those around you? Your life would pan out differently than what you’d previously imagined?
In King David’s early years, he held the title of shepherd. He knew what it meant to lead a flock, chase after sheep that had gone astray, make them lie down in green pastures, and guide them forward with his staff. And in this psalm, we see how he ties these actions to the Lord Himself.
Even when we walk through the darkest of valleys, even when we’re being hunted down by predators, even when we’re afraid, and even when we’re in want, the Lord is our Shepherd. He will not abandon us. He will see to it that we have rest and strength, and He will provide everything we need. As He leads us through the lowest valley and the blackest of nights, we can trust that we’re still on the right path, because He will never lead us astray or leave us behind.
Whatever we fear today, may we find comfort in God’s rod and protection in His staff. Because He is our Shepherd, we have all that we need. Surely His goodness and unfailing love with pursue us all the days of our life—that is our promise and that is our confidence.
- Even in your darkest valley, how have you seen evidence that the Lord is close beside you?
- Meditate on Psalm 23:1—“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.” You may not have all that you want, but truthfully, you have all that you need. How does this verse apply to your life today?
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
4 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.
5 You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
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