“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.”
Yesterday we learnt how the Lord promised through this wonderful psalm, to walk with us through our darkest valleys. God promised that He would protect and comfort us with His rod and staff. Yet how does this imagery translate in to our modern ideology?
David knew that when his flock were in danger, he had his staff to protect and rescue them. Interestingly the design of shepherd’s staff had a hook at one end. This was primarily used to reach sheep that had fallen and pull them up or out. It was also used stop the sheep from going near poisonous brambles and thorny bushes. The rod was also used to direct the sheep or to keep them in line. David knew that his own rod and staff was there to protect and watch over his flock. Yet he uses the same imagery when describing how God looked after and delivered him.
David’s life was full of trials, persecutions, and journeys into unknown territories. Yet throughout his life he learned to be in full trust of an Almighty God who looked after him just as he looked after his own sheep. God does not change and His promises are as true today as they were for David. He leads us with His rod, rescues and delivers us with His staff and guides us through life’s darkest valleys.
Speaking from my own experience whilst living a life of rebellion, I can truly say that at my darkest hour, when Christ reached out to me as my Good Shepherd, I reached onto His loving staff and He pulled me out of the hole I had dug my self into. God is merciful and its not to late to grab His staff too and let Him pull you out of the hole you find yourself in and re-direct your path.