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 (Psalm 23:4).
In Luke 21:25-26, Jesus said that in the last days, there’ll be perplexity of nations, men’s hearts failing them for fear: “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear…” (Luke 21:25-26).
We’re living in a day where there’s so much fear. There’s fear within and there’s fear without; there’s fear everywhere. Kids don’t play outside like they used to. Many are no longer bold to take pleasure-walks without looking over their shoulders, in fear of being stalked by marauders, drive-by shooters, or becoming victims of a terror attack. Life has changed. Now, as a child of God, what should your response be, in spite of all these?
First, let’s read the inspiring words of David again in our opening verse: “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.” The next verse is even more inspiring, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies…” (Psalm 23:5). He prepares a table before you in the presence of your enemies, not in their absence. In other words, you don’t have to care about the enemy and what he will, and can do; the adversary is not a factor! Glory to God!
It doesn’t matter whether there’s evil everywhere; you dwell in the secret place of the most High. Therefore, you’re untouchable. No wonder He says, “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee” (Psalm 91:7). What an assurance of safety, security, and peace for the one who’s in Christ! Refuse to fear. The Lord is your salvation; that means no matter what happens, no matter the terror or evil concocted by the enemy, your safety is guaranteed because you’re in Christ. Let this be your mindset.