Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Valley of the Shadow of Death, Fear No Evil

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, your rod and your staff they comfort me."  Psalm 23:4

There are many who are undergoing trials in their life.  The situation seems dark.  King David experienced this in his life.  He was given a promise of how he would be used by God.  He was anointed and appointed to be King, but before he was crowned he had to go through the valley.  He had fought and won many battles, but the one battle he was not able to win was the one with his father-in-law.  No matter how hard he tried, he was not able to be reconciled to him because of Saul's jealousy.

David's heart was to serve God and to bring blessings to Israel and Saul's kingship.  He defeated Goliath when no one else would fight the Philistines.  He also fought and won more battles than Saul.  God's favor rested on him and that caused Saul to despise David.  David was his son-in-law and ally, yet Saul was so blinded by jealousy he could not see the truth.  The only hope he had was to trust in God.  Although David did no wrong and only tried to bless him, Saul chased him for twenty years with the intent to kill him. Saul took David's wife, who was his daughter, and gave her to another.  Could you imagine how David felt?

David honored Saul because he respected God's authority.  He refused to kill Saul even when the opportunity came in the cave.  He was alone with him and was so close that he was able to cut off a piece of his garment.  He could have struck him dead, but refused to touch God's anointed one.  He knew that God would be the one to vindicate him.  In the midst of being chased and sought after, he refused to give up trusting that in the midst of this valley that he would be okay.  He knew that God was with him and he refused to be fearful.  He rested in the comfort of who his God was.  He knew that God would be his salvation and would deliver him in due season and due time.

David had to rely solely on God.  He knew from prior experiences that God had delivered him from the lion and the bear.  He took comfort in seeing how he was able to defeat Goliath through God's wisdom and might.  He knew every battle won was because of his God.  When he fled from Saul, God surrounded him with men to help in battle against the enemies.  There came a time at Ziglag, when all was taken from him and his army, he faced death.  The men who trusted and surrounded him now were angry and against him.  All the wives, children and their belongings were taken by the enemy.  David sought God asking and seeking if God would deliver them and restore what was taken.  He was in the midst of such adversity in his own camp. God delivered him and gave him back everything.  In the midst of all this, he knew that he did not have to fear evil.

So today you may be walking through the valley of the shadow of death, you don't have to fear evil.  God is there for you in the midst of your enemies.  He has a plan to deliver you from your circumstances.  Just keep pressing into him and you will find that he will bring you into that rest.  He will know that your cup runs over and that surely goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life.

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