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Understanding Psalm 23: How to Walk through the Dark Valley with Hope

Psalm 23 is probably one of the most popular Psalms to read for inspiration.

Here are the words:

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

One of the lines reads:

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,

I will fear no evil,

 for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

What does the dark “valley” refer to?

There are many interpretations of this, but perhaps it could mean

very challenging times in our lives.

Ever experience a time where you felt you were sinking deeper into the valley

with light seeming so far away?

 The next line says that I will fear no evil despite walking through this dark valley.

Why?

Because the Lord is with me as my rod and my staff, they comfort me.

But what does it mean to fear no evil?

It means to trust despite understanding because God will protect you. 

How can I fear no evil despite walking through this dark valley?

Hope is the answer!

God doesn’t want us to understand, but to trust in Him.

Hope happens through complete faith which takes work. 

But God will give us the strength to have hope even when walking through this

dark valley. 

How will you walk through the dark valley in your life with hope?

 

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