"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4)
The Book of Psalms is a collection of ancient songs and poetry. Although we have lost most of the tunes, the lyrics have lived on in the Scriptures. Psalm 23 was written by David, the shepherd boy who became a king. David knew how easily sheep could wander off. Thieves and wild animals were an ever present danger to the sheep. As a shepherd, David knew how to care and concern for the flock.
Maybe it was one of those days caring for sheep that David began singing this song: "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." The Good Shepherd cares for His sheep. He brings them to places of good food, clean water, and rest.
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Many times, David the shepherd-king was faced with death and evil, but he trusted in the Good Shepherd. Just like David, our path lies through the valley of the shadow of death. But there is no reason to fear death's shadow, because the Good Shepherd has walked the same road. Our Lord Jesus defeated death and overcame the grave at His resurrection.
For the Christian believer, death is not a thing to be feared. The Good Shepherd will prepare a table of victory for His sheep, because the sheep, by the power of God, will one day also overcome death. The goodness and care of the Good Shepherd will lead His sheep into eternal life. Those who trust in Him will dwell in His house forever.