SERIES – A Personal Verse for a Public Virus: The Lord is My Shepherd
Psalm 23 KJV
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
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.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
We should always keep alive healthy fears.
Yea is a statement of:
- Consciousness of the shadows
- Shadows are always bigger than the reality.
- Shadows cannot hurt you.
- There is not shadow without light.
- Confidence in the Shepherd
Things we have when we are in the valley – we have…
- God’s Presence
- God’s Protection
- God’s Promise
Isaiah 43:1-3 NIV – 1 But now, this is what the Lord says– he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3 For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.
Fears no longer dominate you. (v. 1)
Floods no longer devastate you. (v. 2)
Fires no longer destroy you. (v. 2)
2 Timothy 2:13 NIV – if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.