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"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." – Psalm 119:105

Ps 23:4a – “the valley”

4a Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me;

23'4a – the valley

       Did you notice the change in who is now addressed?  Up to this point the psalmist spoke in general terms about the Lord being his shepherd.  Now he turns his attention to the Lord.  Instead of “He” it is now “You.”  When the difficult times come, the sheep draw closer to the shepherd.

       The best way to reach the lush meadows on top of a mountain is to go through the dark and rocky valleys.  While the journey may be difficult and unsettling to a sheep, it is easier with the shepherd there to protect – and it is worth it for the reward waiting at the top.

       We all face our own “valleys” in life, difficult times through which we must go.  While the Lord does not take away all the valleys, He does walk with us through them.  Peter called Him “the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls” (1 Peter 2:25).  “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my help; I will not fear, what can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6).  Walk through your valleys with confidence when you walk through them with the Lord, and know that He is leading you to a better place through the process.

     Have a great day in His word!

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