Reading: Psalm 23
Verse four reads, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me.” In my mind this triggers a song that uses this line. The song refers to God’s perfect love casting out fear. The pre-chorus begins with “And I will fear no evil” and goes on with, ‘because my God is with me’ then poses the question” ‘whom then shall I fear?’
In life we certainly have times when we do walk in the shadow of death. The ‘death’ may be a physical loss of a dear friend or loved one, but it can also include the loss of a friendship or the end of a job, the end of a marriage or moving to a new town. Some of these losses are new beginnings in life so there is joy as well, but we must also acknowledge the sadness of what is no more.
In Psalm 23 we get a palpable sense of loss for David. We also get a real sense of his confidence that God will always be there. David has experienced his share of dark times and has learned that God continues to remain present through these times as well.
This is something we tend to learn the hard way. We tend to be individualistic and to try and do things on our own. Too often we turn to God only when all of our own efforts have failed. But as we do this over and over, we come to realize our need for God sooner and sooner and we turn to Him quicker and quicker. We come to learn what David learned: God is always there.
The chorus to the song rings out, ‘Oh no, you never let go; in every high and every low; oh no, you never let go; Lord, you never let go of me.’ In every high and especially in every low, may we always remember that God never lets go of us. May we cling to Him, for He is always present, always seeking to hold us close.