“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.”
Trekking has become a popular pastime, especially in recent years. Able-bodied people of all ages head out to the hills on the holidays to conquer yet another peak. Climbing up a hill is a strenuous affair, but many enthusiasts take it up as a challenge and press on unhindered towards their goal.
But think for a moment about someone who isn’t able to climb that hill because of some limitation. They are left alone – it’s growing dark, and they’re feeling tired, overwhelmed, and scared. I imagine that’s what David had in mind when he penned this psalm. Grief, loss, stress, anxiety, and depression can cast a shadow that wipes out any trace of joy in a person’s life. But that valley is not the destination – the hilltop is.
If you feel like you’re walking through a dark valley alone, with a shadow hanging over your head, remember, you’re not alone. You don’t have to fear evil because a good God is watching over you. Even if you feel all alone, you can trust that God is with you – to comfort, protect, guide, and provide for you. He has promised to never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).