“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me..” (Ps. 23:4 KJV)
Think of the relief and refreshment of your soul that occurs when you find the shade of a tree on a scourging summer day. The object whose shadow you are under is the tree in this case, and it brings comfort from the heat of the sun.
The same is true when we abide under God’s shadow, in which case He affords protection for us and a sense of security and comfort from the heat of life’s challenges.
Now imagine that the object that is casting this shadow is death! The shadow of death describes the gloom, sorrow, and fears that fill a man’s heart when death is near. The closest example I can think of as a Doctor is when I look into the eyes of patients who have terminal diseases and they are expecting to die in days or weeks. Their soul is filled with the horror of imminent death. This is what the shadow of death is. It is the gloom that fills a man’s heart because of a potentially deadly situation that they find themselves in.
If you are reading this devotional under the shadow of death or the shadow of pain and suffering, the Lord’s Word to you is to fear no evil because God, who casts a shadow of life, is with you. His Word will dispel every shadow of death and bring life to your soul!
Think on the words of Ps. 23:4 carefully, one word at a time. Then declare those words again and again and let them sink into your spirit.
APPLY THE WORD
Are you in the valley of the shadow of death or a similar situation? There is hope in God. Trust God and let faith bring you the victory (1 Jn. 5:4).
Thank the Lord for the assurance of His presence, the shadow of life, who guarantees your victory.
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