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2023 09 16

Good morning.

Psalm 23 is a wonderful picture of the relationship between a follower of Christ and God. It speaks of good times and tough times.

Where there are mountains, there must also be valleys. The same is true in our spiritual life. To reach the place where God is leading us, we must sometimes go through “the valley of the shadow of death” (verse 4).

Spiritual mountaintops are wonderful spots to rest, but it is in valleys that we often discover God’s character, the truth of His promises, and our own weakness. Valleys reveal that the habits and crutches we’ve been relying on are inadequate, and that we must trust God instead. That’s when we come to find out that faith, courage, and wisdom are rooted in the Lord.

Walking through the valleys is an inevitable and difficult part of life. However, we are not left comfortless. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows.” (verse 5) We are reminded that our needs are met. God promises us assurance, healing, and safety, even in hardship.

Facing the shadows can be difficult and frightening. But when we surrender to the Lord, we can rest in His power and comfort.

We don't have to be afraid in times of trouble, because our Father is always with us.


Mike and Daphne

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