Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

– Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

The stunning language of Psalm twenty-three resonates with all of us. We have all known the place of despair; the place where we wonder how will survive another day. Notice the mention of the rod and the staff. This continues the imagery of the Lord as our shepherd, but the rod and staff were tools to keep the sheep in the fold and the common result of their use was pain. Yet even the pain of God’s guidance gives us comfort in the place of despair, for it is a reminder that God is with us. He is present in the midst of our darkest hours and is active in bringing us through the valleys of our soul.

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