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Psalm 23:4: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; Your rod and staff, they comfort me.”
Can’t we all relate to this? The darkest valley? We have all faced, and will face in the future undoubtedly, dark times in our lives. But, praise God that He gives us a hope and future. The world is evil but no matter what life throws us, our God will not leave us. Our God is holy. He fights our battles for us. “I will fear no evil.” What a powerful statement. I find myself afraid of a lot of evil. I think it’s important to acknowledge that there is evil all around us. Then, we need to remind ourselves that GOD has already WON the whole deal! He will have the last word. This is all part of the plan for Him to reclaim His people.

Philippians 2:10-11: “That, at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

What a day that will be! Yes, it feels like a fight every day to live life. But, one day, every knee will bow! It will all be worth it when our Savior comes back for us, His church, His Bride. He is God Almighty. He has conquered all. I will fear no evil for You are with me.

“Your rod and staff, they comfort me.” My understanding is that the rod and staff refers to the branch or stick that the shepherd uses to count his sheep. He also uses this stick to ward off threats to his herd. Then, when referring to the, “staff,” the reference means something you lean on. Something that offers support. Something you trust. These two references together are a beautiful picture of our loving Shepherd. A strong, protective Shepherd on whom we can trust.

Psalm 23:4: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; Your rod and staff, they comfort me.”

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