“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside. Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me.”
What a wonderful passage and promise. These words are as true today as there were for David. They are words of comfort, peace and promise.
David, in verse 4, continues in his description of the Lord as his Shepherd. We have heard in the preceding verses that God was his Provider and Protector. In today’s verse we learn about the sovereignty of an Almighty, Caring and Personal God.
David knew all too well of the dangers that waited in the perilous dark valleys as he tended his father’s flock. Most certainly the flock of sheep must have wandered to places that were dangerous and treacherous for not only sheep but for men too. Yet he took comfort in knowing that God was with him.
The great thing is, is that no matter where we find ourselves, whatever dangers face us, God is there to protect us. That dark valley may not always come in the literal form. It may be a situation where there seems to be no hope, no light at the end of the tunnel or no way out. Yet whatever it is, know this: that God is with you. David was sure that God was always there and took comfort in knowing that God walked with him through the valley. God may not always give us an easy route out of a hard situation. However, what we can be certain of, is that no matter where or what situation we face, He is “close beside” us. His rod of protection, deliverance and comfort helps us know that when we are in the darkest valley, we need not be afraid. It’s a promise. God is with us, to protect and comfort us! If you are walking through the darkest valley, take courage and know that God is lighting your path and walking close beside you.