The Courage of the Sheep

Tim Trumper

READ : Psalm 23

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. (Psalm 23:4a NKJV)

Sex used to be a taboo subject, but now death has taken its place. David speaks plainly of it. “The valley of the shadow of death” can be taken in a metaphorical sense to speak of life’s trials. Certainly David had many of these: his fights with wild animals, the threats of Saul, his many battles, and most trying of all, the betrayal of his son Absalom. However bright David’s life, the dark valley was never far away.

But the darkest valley for each of us is death itself. Let’s be realists. We all will die. We all must pass through the eerie valley. For some its shadow is darker than for others. Our temperament, the extent of our physical sufferings, and the onslaught of Satan (our accuser) can all influence the degree of darkness we will experience.

No matter how dark the valley, God’s sheep have hope: we will pass through the valley and into the light. Indeed, there can be no shadows without light near by. The sunlit uplands are ahead! No wonder David exclaims that even in the shadow of death he will not fear.

PRAYER

Father, I thank you for the assurance that those possessing eternal life never perish. Help me to live in this confidence, and to die in it too. Amen.