Psalm 23:4- Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; your rod and staff, they comfort me.
Hey :) I'm so thankful for the continual inspiration to write these. I listened to a song called "Hills and Valleys" by Tauren Wells, and the entire topic jumped out at me, so here we are :)
This really sounds like an intense verse, but it makes a powerful point regarding our lives. In the desert of Judah, there were many shadows. Enough to not allow the traveler to see what's ahead of them, including wild animals, or bandits, and it was often referred to as the Valley of the Shadow of Death. (That's just some background information so it will all make sense.)
If we take this literally, none of us are really walking down that valley, but valley also refers to the low points in our lives. A "valley" could be a struggle with unbelief, a family situation, a loss in your family, or even something simple like stressing out over a test. I know for myself, fear isn't an easy thing to control. Family circumstances, worry, and stress can take over instantly without any help from us. Sometimes I forget that fear is not of God, He is a protector and a provider, and it takes faith to do as He says. I love how we know that David (the one who wrote the Psalms) was totally fearful his entire life, yet he writes "I will fear no evil" because even if he is afraid, He knows that God is with him always, and that there's no reason to fear. Through whatever circumstance you are going through, I want to remind you that this is just a valley, and God sees you, has not left you, and is right there ready to pick you up and set you upon His shoulders.
There's another side to this as well. When we are not in a low valley, where are we? God is the Lord of the Hills and Valleys. Hills refer to the high points in our lives. Maybe you just got a job promotion, got a new sibling, or took a relaxing vacation. The same applies to the hills as it did to the valleys, just because you are having an easier time than before does not mean that God has left you. He is still right beside you, rejoicing with you through your happiness and making plans to prosper you further. When you look for a friend, do you look for someone who is only there for you during the happy times, but abandons you when you're upset? Of course not, and the same applies with God. There is a song called "Oh Lord" by NF, and in it he says, "You see the same God that you're saying might not even exist becomes real to us, but only when we're dying in bed. When you're healthy it's like we don't really care for Him then. Leave me alone God, I'll call you when I need you again." We can't forget about God just because we don't need anything from Him at the moment. We can't call His name only when we want something from Him. He is forever. He made you, loves you, and wants to be with you. Just like He never leaves us in the valleys, we can't abandon Him in the hills. He is God of the hills AND the valleys, and He rejoices when we are with Him through it all.
So, through your valleys, be aware that God is walking with you. He sees you there, you don't have to be afraid. In your hills, don't forget about Him, I promise you still need Him. I know I do. He's guiding us, guarding us, and protecting us :)
- Sophia Light