The Dark Valley

Even though I walk through the valley of
the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4  

In this classic expression of childlike trust, what is David saying to his God?  

Lord, because you are my shepherd, I will not fear.  Lord, because you are watching over me, because you will protect me, because you will defend me, because you will fight for me, because you will take care of me, I will not fear.

Lord, no matter if the valley is filled with darkness or difficulty or danger or death, I will not fear.  

Lord, because you will be right there with me in that valley, I will not fear.  Because you are beside me, behind me, above me, in front of me, under me, over me, in me, because you are right there beside me, invisible and yet more real than life, I will not fear.  

Lord, I will rest in you.  I will not surrender to the fears that assail me.  I will not fret myself and worry myself sick.  I will not be afraid.  Because you are right there with me in the valley.  

Are you in the valley right now?  A valley of loneliness?  Rejection?  Failure?  Divorce?  Unemployment?  Cancer?  Depression?  Addiction?  Physical pain?  Financial ruin?  Overwhelming grief?  Conflict?  Mistreatment?  

If so, then hear the voice of the Shepherd: I will be with you.  Whatever you are going through, I will be there.  No matter how dark the valley, I am right there beside you.  I will not leave you.  Do not be afraid.  I will see you through.

Hear the voice of your Shepherd.