Death Valley–and Psalm 23

Psalm 23:4 “Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side.”

Continuing the thoughts about Psalm 23…….

When I read through Psalm 23 today, one of the things that really struck me was that Death Valley can take on many different meanings……

Death Valley can literally mean you are walking through the Valley of the Shadow of Death with someone you  love and care deeply about.   That is tough, tough beyond imagining.

Death Valley can also mean that you are walking through a place like Death Valley California – a hot, dry, mean, nasty and unforgiving place.   A place where, if you are unprepared, you’re literally going to become toast.   A place where, if you don’t have adequate supplies, you are going to end up very close to the “other” valley of the shadow of death.

Death Valley can also mean just a hard, unfair, difficult stretch of life.  A part of life that isn’t fun, isn’t enjoyable and a part that sucks a lot of life and energy out of you.

Three different interpretations of what Death Valley means.   And you know what?   It doesn’t matter which one you are in,  God is there.

God is with us in any of them. 

God is with us in all of them.

While it doesn’t mean we won’t have troubles, it does mean we can face those troubles without fear.

Not without being scared – there are many many things that can make you scared – and that’s good.    ISIS, Boko Haram, Hurricanes, tornadoes, totally relocating your family to another country – just a few of the things that can make you scared.

But scared is different than fear.    Fear is the type of thing that makes you question your  existence, question whether you will make it.   Scared is knowing you’ll make it – maybe not here, but you’ll make it in God’s House.  

There are a lot of really ugly things going on today.   We don’t need to fear them – because God’s with us.

And He’s going to see us to the other side of Death Valley – whatever that particular version of death valley might be…….


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