19 In Faith

A Light In The Darkness: {Finding Peace in Psalm 23}

My Shepherd has led me safely all of my life, even during those times when I could not see.  And especially during those times when I wandered away from the safety of the fold.  He would leave the other sheep to find me. (Luke 15:3-7)  He continually pursues my heart, both during times of trial as well as during those times when I am walking in disobedience.  He promises that He will be with me in my dark season.

Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
(Psalm 23:4a)

In the NIV, the “valley” is referred to as the valley of death.  It is a place surrounded by deep darkness and despair.  A place where one might feel lost or alone, as if the entire world has caved in upon you and you lie crushed under the weight of it.  I know.  I’ve been there.  Many years ago I walked through a valley of depression.  I thought I would die.  I did not understand how a woman who loved God could end up in such a fragile state.  But My Shepherd, He was there.  Oh, I did not always see Him, and I rarely felt His presence during that season, but I trusted His Word that assured me that He was with me, even in the midst of darkness.

Today I felt led to share with you some of the cross referencing scriptures for this verse.  Many of these promises got me through my dark valley and I am praying they will bless and encourage your heart today.

The LORD, He is my deliverer.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.  (Psalm 138:7)

The LORD, He rescues me.

He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.  (Psalm 40:2)

The LORD, He is for me.

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?  (Psalm 118:6)

The LORD, He is my protection.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.  (Isaiah 43:2)

The LORD, He is my strength.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  (Isaiah 41:10)

The LORD, He is my light.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  (Psalm 27:1)

Next week, we will discuss His rod and His staff (verse 4b).  Good stuff!  Be sure to stop over to Kerri’s place today to read her thoughts on this portion of scripture.  And if you wrote a post, be sure to link up, or interact with us through comments.  We would love to know your thoughts.

A Simple Princess

19 Comments

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    Elizabeth Stewart
    June 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you, Barbie. My youngest daughter is going through a valley and I am excited to share this with her.

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      Barbie
      June 5, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      Praying His Word will bring light and hope to your daughter!

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    Beth Zimmerman
    June 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Such precious promises! Thank you for sharing, Barbie! Praying for you in this busy season!

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      Barbie
      June 5, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you Beth!

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    Mary Hutchins
    June 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Wonderful post..I too have suffered from severe depression. He held on to me and wouldn’t let go..His promises are true…Blessings <

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      Barbie
      June 5, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you Mary for stopping by today. So thankful for a God who will never let us go!

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    BethFerrell
    June 6, 2012 at 3:30 am

    He is definitely carrying me through this season of my Daddy’s death and now my Mom’s decline. She is going soon. It could be overwhelming without the Lord. He is good to us.

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      Barbie
      June 6, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Oh friend, I think of you often. This is truly a hard season. I cannot imagine walking through it without the Lord. Strength, peace and grace to you my friend.

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    Kerri Smith
    June 6, 2012 at 4:53 am

    i always enjoy reading your thoughts and thank you for sharing these
    verse that have helped you through your valley! they are just the
    reminder i need while in the midst of my own! blessing my friend!!

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      Barbie
      June 6, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Thank you Kerri. His Word is so refreshing!

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    Adoption Mama
    June 6, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Thanks for these reminders friend.

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      Barbie
      June 6, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Praying for you!

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    Wendy @ ECTas
    June 6, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Hi Barbie

    This is a lovely post… love visiting your site… it’s just so peaceful in here!

    Wendy @ ECTaS

    P.S. Thank you for stopping by my blog today 😀

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      Barbie
      June 6, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Thank you Wendy!

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    Shelley Swanson
    June 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Hi Barbie, I am back. Took a break from blog world to refocus on my first ministries as a wife and mommy. Thank you for sharing your heart about past depression. I have fallen short in the past and allowed myself to lose hope and feel down. Then I remember the Word of God and I am so elated with joy that I have Him. We are blessed beyond measure to have our trials because we know that He has His arm around us pulling us closer to Him.

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      Barbie
      June 6, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Hi Shelley! Can you remind me again your blog link? It’s not showing it here in the comment. Thankful you’ve returned to blogging. So thankful he always has His arms around me, even when I fall short!

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    Kim
    June 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I like your thoughts with Psalm…He is a light in the darkness…and I need Him

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    Judith
    November 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you Barbie. Your photography is beautiful!!
    Judith recently posted..Crisis Menu Planning 101

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      Barbie
      November 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Thank you Judith. My son took this photo. Many of my photos he has taken. Otherwise, I use lot of stock photos. Gasp, I know, but I am learning to capture beauty!

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