23 Mar Behold, I am with you
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me” Psalm 23:4
During times of great distress, ancient Jewish priests spoke these words from God to the people, “Behold, I am with you”. This was not an empty promise. It came right out of the 23rd Psalm, the Psalm of David.
Young David had been given charge over his father’s flock. While sitting alone on a hillside, David realized he was the only one looking over those sheep. He then understood what an incredible responsibility his father had placed on him. He took his responsibility seriously and grew to fully trust God.
Young David spoke of those days to King Saul when the giant Goliath taunted Israel’s troops. David said, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
David knew that the work of a shepherd was to always be with his flock and to protect them. He also knew that God was the ultimate shepherd, and He is always with us.
I invite you to trust what young David knew. The LORD is our shepherd, and no matter how dark the valley may be, we have nothing to fear. God is always with us, and therefore we are never alone. God watched over David. God delivered the Israelites from the giant Goliath. Today, God is watching over you and me. He has promised to be with us no matter how dark the valley is. Since God is with us, we do not need to be afraid.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for being my Good Shepherd. Thank you for giving your life for me and always watching over me. With all that I am facing today, take away my fear and help me trust you more. Amen