“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.”
Do you find yourself walking through a valley? What is your valley? The Psalmist found himself walking through a valley, but while he walked through it, he found some treasures that made the valley a place of blessing. Just like you, the Psalmist didn’t choose the valley, but you can find the same treasures that he found if you will stop and look at what the valley has to offer. Though you may not enjoy your valley, you can discover the same treasures that the Psalmist found if you won’t give up. Let me share these treasures with you.
First, you will find strength in the valley. Verse 3 says, “He restoreth my soul…” You may not know how you are going to endure your valley, but you will find that the LORD will restore your soul so that you can continue to walk in the “paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” The great thing about the valley is that your weakness will be discovered, but God’s strength will be revealed. When you find that you have no more strength to continue is when you will discover the treasure of God’s strength. Your valley can be a place of restoration if you will rely on the strength of God.
Second, you will find the presence of God in the valley. The Psalmist said about God while he walked in the valley, “…for thou art with me.” One of the greatest assets of walking in the valley is that you are not walking in it alone. There are going to be times in the valley when you feel all alone, but you can always rest in this promise that the LORD will be with you. He promised He would never leave you, and He has always kept that promise, and He will continue to keep it in spite of the valley where you find yourself.
Third, you will find comfort in the valley. The Psalmist said, “…thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” The rod and staff were more than something for the shepherd to lean on, but it was often used to ward off the prey trying to devour the sheep. The valley is often a lonely place, but you will find God’s comfort through the rod and staff of His Word. My friend, you must spend time in the Scriptures to find God’s comfort in your valley. The Scriptures will become your balm to comfort and reassure you that His presence is there to help you and to ward off the enemies of discouragement and despair.
Fourth, you will find provision in the valley. The Psalmist said in verse 5, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies…” You are going to find some of the greatest truths of God while you walk in the valley. Every valley I have walked through has given me truths to nourish me. You may feel empty while you walk through the valley, but you can find the nourishment you need to make it through every day. I know that the valley often brings you to the point of despair, but God has provision for you in the valley that you will never find in any other place of life.
Fifth, you will find an anointing in the valley. The Psalmist said, “…thou anointest my head with oil…” One of the greatest things about the valley is that you will find a greater ministry because of your valley. If you don’t let your valley destroy you, you will discover the treasure of His anointing to use you in a greater way. My friend, don’t let the shadows in the valley scare you because God has a special anointing for your life if you will rely on His strength to make it through your valley.