Day 13 | Austin Davis
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…” (Psalm 23:4 ESV)
This verse is probably one of the most commonly quoted Bible verses out there, but also one of the most calming, comforting, and realistic. At the beginning of Psalm 23, we are introduced to God as a shepherd. Even though our God is a mighty king, a patient teacher, and an all powerful creator, he is also a caretaker. Our God goes well beyond the typical job descriptions of a shepherd, just look at the rest of Psalm 23.
“He restores my soul” (23:3)
“You prepare a table for me” (23:5)
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (23:6)
Our God provides all of these things for us because he knows the desires of our hearts. In times of trouble where it seems like we should give into paralyzing fear, fear not because the one who made you has your back. Life will definitely have its low moments. This scripture admits that in verse four, but our God is always pursuing us and protecting us.
I most definitely read this verse as a hyped up gospel song. The psalms are technically “songs” so I am not too far fetched in saying this. The Lord’s glory is extremely evident in Psalm 24 and is preached over and over again.
“Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty…” (24:8)
“Who is the King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!” (24:10)
God’s glory is truly magnificent. Just as we sometimes just want to shout out and scream with joy about our indescribable God, so did David. Even though there are trails, Joy has an essential part of any relationship, especially one with God. So, shout for joy every now and then about our glorious God and the good he is doing in the hearts of all creation.