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!
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 forever in Heaven! This is why Paul declared that our deliverance from evil by the loving sacrifice of CHRIST on our behalf in GALATIANS 1:4, “Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of GOD and our Father!” Truly, as it is written, we will fear no evil, for Thou art with us! And truly, as it is written, we shall dwell in the house of The LORD forever! I don’t know about you but in the midst of all my struggles and the fact that the valley is only a temporary place is worth shouting about because it is our reassurance that "trouble don’t last always." Amen.