Daily Word #17: New Ways to Think About Psalm 23 Part 2
Psalm 23 (KJV)
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23 is possibly one of the most renowned and well-known pieces of scripture from the Bible across the world. And as a result, we can often take it for granted and not pay close attention to the meaning it may carry. Paul wrote, about the word of God being a living word and how the Word of God will always have something to teach us, even from the familiar passages.
Are You camping in the valley?
A pastor once spoke about Psalm 23 and said that verse 4 states that the “valleys” of life are to be walked through, however many people tend to pitch their tents and camp in the valleys.
As we face life's struggles, we sometimes tend bogged down accept that things will always be difficult. By doing this, we figuratively put up our tents and camp in the period of difficulty which in turn robs us of the joy that comes with a relationship with God.
However, the last two lines of Psalm 23:4 is there to remind us that God is with us and He will comfort us as we walk through the valleys. It is here we learn not to quit but to press on toward the mark by faith while asking God provide the way out.
If you think you might be going through a valley, ask yourself "Am I Camping?"
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