Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for you are with me. Your rod and staff comfort me. You prepared a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anointed my head with oil. My cup overflows. Surely extravagant grace and goodness will pursue me all the days of my life. And I will dwell in the house of the Eternal forever. Psalm 23:4-6
Remembering how the Eternal has brought us through difficulties can give us the courage to face anything, even death. David remembered at least how God had provided food and supplies to him as he fled from Absalom, that he had been treated as an honored guest by his heavenly host. So he concluded that during his earthly life God would continue to pursue him with the goodness of extravagant grace, and afterward receive him into permanent fellowship. Jesus, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, has walked the valley already. He knows every treacherous cliff and shadowy path. And he loves his sheep. So he will not abandon us. The Spirit with whom he has anointed us will remain with us, and feed us from the table of Christ’s gracious death and resurrection. Our cup overflows; we will not be in want. Best of all, we will finish our journey and enjoy God’s hospitality forever.
Lord Jesus, thank you for making me your sheep and for always providing what I need. Help me to remember in the dark of the shadow that you know the way and have kept me all along. Amen.