Our verse of reference in Psalms 23 is:
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalms 23:4 NIV).
Have you chosen God as the shepherd of our lives?
historical commentary. – The Shepherd Psalm (Ps 23), is considered the crown jewel of the Psalter and of all religious literature. Verse 1: “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want” is one of the most quoted verses in the Holy Scriptures, the children learn by heart, to have a sublime message and for being easy to learn. Two figures are combined in this psalm, both common in agricultural and livestock life: the first, that of the shepherd of the sheep (verse 1-4), the second, the host (Rev. 5.6). Another linguistic feature is that author in the first three verses is addressed to the pastor in the third person singular, and in verse four changes the second person singular, to denote greater closeness with the pastor. This psalm offers four blessings: 1) Blessing of spiritual and material food, 2) Blessing of spiritual restoration, 3) Blessing of direction and guidance, 4) Blessing of Protection.
Experiencing valleys of the shadow of death. – The phrase “valley of shadow of death “refers to the deep canyons in the desert where you can fall and die, fall prey to wild animals or being attacked by robbers. This promise of care should strengthen those who have to endure pain, disease, uncertainties and tests. We rejoice to believe that the GREAT SHEPHERD, leads and protects the walk along the pathways of life.
thou art with me. – What a feeling will produce converse with the angel who was his guardian from the outset, that watched his steps and covered his head in the day of danger, who was with him in the valley of the shadow of death, who marked his resting place, which was the first to greet him on the morning of the resurrection! ED 98