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I have a friend who travels a lot for work. Recently he posted about a business trip to New York City. He parked his service truck at a factory and decided to walk four or five blocks to a convenience store for some food, since the store had no truck parking. It was 10 or 11 at night. This was not a good part of town. Many of the locals avoid the streets in this area at night. My friend walked right down the middle of the street to avoid places attackers might lurk. As he walked, he thought of Psalms 23:4, “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.” (NIV) My friend made it safely to the convenience store and back to his truck.
This verse talks about God’s protection. We fear no evil, because He is with us. The shepherd had a staff to guide the sheep and a rod to beat off thieves or predators. God also has the means to defend us and rescue us. The presence of the Good Shepherd comforts us. Isn’t the promise of God’s presence the same promise Jesus made to us in the Great Commission? He said, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 NIV) God loves us enough to walk with us through life’s dark places.
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