The Valley of the Shadow

Today’s reading is Psalm 23

rootedchristThere is probably no more well-known passage of scripture in the entire Bible than Psalm 23.  I think of a story by Phillip Yancey, as he did a funeral for a young person who was not a believer and neither were his friends. At the graveside, one said, can we say that bible verse about God being a shepherd?  Nearly everyone said it aloud together.  We all know this passage.

Today, go back and reread it again.  Read it like you’ve never read it before. What do you see?  What jumps out to you? What speaks to you? Where does your heart turn?

For me it was this – even though I walk through the valley of the shadow death, I will fear no evil.  So much of my life is driven by fear.  Fear of disappointing others.  Fear of failure.  Fear of so many things.  So, walking through the valley terrifies me.  I fear the valley of failure or of broken relationships.

I should not fear, for the Good Shepherd walks with me.  No matter the valley I walk through.  He will not leave me.

That’s what hit me this morning.  What about you?

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