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 your staff, they comfort me.”
Death surrounds us these days. It is hard to turn on the news without hearing about all the deaths from the coronavirus and the many more that are expected. Many would say that we are walking in the valley of the shadow as we have no guarantees of a cure or a vaccine.
So how does David find hope as he walks in the shadow of death? He looks to the Shepherd of his soul. David knows that the Lord is sovereign over all things and that he will faithfully care for his sheep.
We have this great hope of David. We have the good Shepherd of our souls. We are the sheep of his pasture; we have his presence to guide us even in the darkest days. Even more, we have the promise of everlasting life with him. This world is not truly our home. If the Lord chooses to take us to our true home, we can still be at rest. Our eternal life is secure in him.
How are you experiencing the comfort of the Lord’s rod and staff during this time? How could you experience that comfort more?