“He maketh me lie down in green pastures” What does it mean when the psalmist tells us that the Lord "maketh us to lie down in green pastures?" In my mind’s eye I can picture it for myself: a mattress of soft, green grass, cold shade under some tree, no noisy street traffic or worry from dangers or problems--just peaceful rest! “He leadeth beside the still waters, He restoreth my soul—that means He gives me new strength and He guides me along the right direction in which to go. The first three verses indicates to us that so far everything is going well for David, look at it again, He leads me…He renews my strength…He guides me… but he changes a little bit at the 4th verse, because he says even when (he’s not saying ‘if’ but ‘when’) I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not be afraid for you are with me.

Do you understand fully what David is saying here? No matter where I go, no matter what I have to go through…God is with me! And if God is with me I actually have no need to be afraid. In the valley or on the mountaintop no matter where it may be we have His presence in our pain, His love in our loss, and His patience despite our complaints. Through hardship, He may strip us of pride, renew our passion for Him, refine our character, and/or purify our motives. David said even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death; but the original language of this actually calls it the “valley of shadows” meaning it is only a valley full of shadows and the point being, what can a shadow possibly to do us? It’s just a shadow.

Should we be afraid of a shadow? A shadow is just an illusion, a shadow can’t hurt us but it can make us hurt ourselves. A shadow is caused by an object blocking the light and sometimes a shadow can make things look gloomy and dark but with every shadow we need to look towards the Light. Jesus is the Light of life, He is the Good Shepherd and a good shepherd does not lead His sheep into a deep dark valley and just leave them there.

He does not watch over us from outside of the valley, He does not call us from the other side of the valley because He is with us through the valley. Well, have you any valleys in your life? Have you any rivers that seem un-crossable? Have you a situation that seems as if you’ll never make it through? You’ve prayed about it and then you finally decided to just wait on the Lord and all of the sudden you began to see the end of valley? I’ll tell you right now, there is a blessing at the end of valley!

Conclusion

It is GOD Himself who walks with us through life’s trials to deliver us from all evil and fear. Yes, the valley is where we do our struggling, it is where we have to cry sometimes, and yes the valley is inevitable through out our journey in life, from our earliest existence all the way up unto our departure from this world, but GOD comforts us with the assurance that even earthly death will never separate our souls from dwelling in His holy presence
Olutayo Fasipe
May 3, 2013
This is true and reassuring; the Lord permits though He is able to prevent. He also develops us through the various valley experiences so that our perception is made better in His service. Great work, thanks for this post.
Patricia Msizi
April 14, 2013
Great uplifting word indeed. You know God works in mysterious ways when you are down to nothing He is up to something. He is my Sheperd as well whatever Iam going through I know it shall pass in Jesus''s name.
Dennis Smith
April 12, 2013
Great uplifting word of truth