Our Courage With God
Delivered By
Pastor John Robinson
Delivered On
April 22, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Central Passage
Psalm 23:4
Subject
Six Cs For Our Life
Description

Psalm 23:4 "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 valley of the shadow of death” is not a state, a condition, or an abiding place. Rather, the beloved of the Lord pass “through” death to get to the other side, where they experience eternal privileges, pleasures and joy. The shepherd used his “rod”, an oak club about two feet long, to defend the sheep against wild beasts. An enemy has to first get through the Shepherd.

Phraseology used to convey a perilously threatening environment (compare Job 10:21-22; 38:17; Psalms 44:19; 107:10; Jer. 2:6; Luke 1:79).

“Thy rod and thy staff”: The shepherd’s club and crook are viewed as comforting instruments of protection and direction, respectively.

The protection of the sheep is the Shepherd. Death may be all around us, as it is when the wolves come to attack the sheep, but as long as you stay near the Shepherd you are safe. There is an end to the valley above, because it says (through the valley). We must walk through a few valleys, before we can appreciate the mountain top. Mankind in general, fears death. The Christian is not without hope as the world is though. We have hope of the resurrection. Fear shows lack of faith. I have noticed in my walk through life that I grow more in the valley, than on the mountain top. Jesus defeated death when He rose from the grave. We Christians should look at death of the body to the world differently. Truly death to this world is just the opening to a new chapter in your book of life.

1 Corinthians 15:53-54 " For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality." "So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."

We are comforted to know that the Lord will never leave us, even in the transition to our life eternal from this life. The rod and staff of the shepherd was two-fold. It was used to nudge the stray back into the fold, and it was also used as a weapon to keep the enemy away from the sheep. It is a comfort to know that the Lord is watching over us nudging us back into the fold. It is also very comforting to know that He fights the enemy for us.