4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
I have experienced fearing different kinds of fear. When I was a child, I feared monsters, ghosts and any other creatures or beings that Hollywood and local Filipino movies have introduced and influenced. As I was growing up, other kinds of fear add up such as fear of rejection, fear of failures, fear of losing someone/something, and fear of what the future may bring. But, I have observed that all this fear is brought about by thoughts and feelings of not being in control. All of this fear is connected at the fall (Adam & Eve). What God has given man in creation to rule and subdue the earth (which is being in control), we lost in the fall and is part of the curse. It is no wonder we fear a lot of things.
But, praise God for the gospel. Praise God for His wonderful love, He has shown and made known himself (to us His sheep), as the Shepherd who is always in control. Just the thought of His sovereignty gives comfort to our fearful soul. Knowing that Jesus took away from us, carrying on the cross, the greatest fear that we could ever face, that is, the wrath of God. Knowing that through Jesus, the Father is no longer against us, but is for us. Knowing that He solved our greatest fear, therefore, we trust the Lord “even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil, for He is with us and for us and not against us.” It is this thought that forever will comfort us. God is no longer against us. He even calls us His own. Hallelujah!
If Jesus solved our greatest fear (eternal death and the wrath of God), then we can truly say, “Whom and what shall we fear?” Therefore, if there will be time we are tempted to fear something, Psalm 23:4 is a great encouragement to trust in the Lord, the Great Shepherd of our soul, Amen.