The Lord is my Shepherd (Part 5)

Psalm23 Part 5

— God is our Protector — “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 rod and staff they comfort me.”

His rod comforts me. I shall not lack protection from God. A shepherd uses his rod to hit and dispel the lions and bears or any other animal that would cause them harm. The shepherd uses his rod for the sheep’s security and safety. That is what God promises to do for us as well. Yes, we know that there have been many martyrs for Christ’s sake. Even today, every year, thousands of Christians lose their lives because they follow Christ. Many have gone through the valley of the shadow of death. Many Christians have tasted death for God’s sake. Many have suffered and have been tortured, but that doesn’t detract anything from this promise. Jesus Christ overcame death for His people. Jesus also went through the valley of the shadow of death. Nay, Jesus even died a cruel death on a cross. Jesus took the weight of God’s anger upon Himself so that we may have life and security and everlasting safety!!! But Jesus was not permanently abandoned by God. Even on the cross, He said: “in Your (God) hands I commit my spirit.” Jesus was never permanently abandoned in His divine nature on the cross. He could not, because He was and is God. We as Christians, as believers have gone through the valley of the shadow of death maybe many times in our lives. I know I have. We have gone through affliction, we have felt the darkness of sin, and we knew how it felt to be lost and guilty before a holy and just God. There were times that we knew that we ought to go to hell for eternity because of our sins, but God came to us and gave us the new birth and since that day God has never forsaken us utterly. We don’t have to fear any evil because God is with us. Jesus promised His disciples of all ages just before He went to heaven: “I will be with you unto the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). Even if we go through suffering or have an incurable disease or if we go through cancer or epileptic fits or a stroke or severe depression, God will be with us. Hear the words of the psalm, oh child of God. Do not fear evil, for Jesus has overcome evil and Satan and sin when He died and rose again!! God overcame evil in Christ Jesus! We don’t even have to fear death itself! God will protect us in our distress. We will not lack God’s protection and safety. God has struck the serpents head (Genesis 3:15), he has a fatal blow, his power is destroyed decisively, in this life and the next. “Even though I go through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me.”

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