The Valley of the Shadow of Death

Psalm 23:4  

Yea, 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.

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Life can be uncertain, dangerous and frightening. But with God’s constant care and protection, we don’t need to fear.

“The shepherd’s care is symbolized by the ‘rod’ and the ‘staff.’ A shepherd carried the rod to club wild animals and a staff to keep the sheep in control. These two represent God’s constant vigilance over his own and bring ‘comfort’ (GK 5714) because of his personal presence and involvement with his sheep” (Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary, Vol. 1, note on Psalm 23:2-4).

For more about the trust we can have in God, see “What Is Faith?” and “God’s Promises: Rock-Solid Hope and Assurance.” See also the encouraging article “Fear of Death,” which shows why we do not need to fear.

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