Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
For every step we take in this world they are all in the shadow of death. Like a shadow, death stalks our every step. None of us knows if our next step will be our last one. However even in
the shadow of this evil enemy the Good Shepherd is still with His sheep. Our Good Shepherd will fight off every enemy that comes against His sheep, even conquering death itself. For those who have placed their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ there should be no fear in death because the sting has been removed. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). Our Lord Jesus Christ is the death of death.
We can be sure that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us and gave Himself for us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-38). As we walk through this dark valley we can say confidently with David, I will fear no evil. Not I might not, or I should not, but I will not fear! If our Lord has disarmed all principalities and powers and even conquered death itself, what enemy is there really left that can harm us?
As we walk through the valley of the shadow of death our Lord's staff and rod are there not to harm us but to comfort us. Even if His rod should bring chastisement to the sheep when they go astray, even this is really a comfort to them because it protects them and prevents them from going down a way which would destroy them. Let's give thanks to that all wise Shepherd of our souls who is well able to lead us through the valley of the shadow of death and beyond, up into
the hills of Zion!