Walking through the valley

Psalm 23 (WEB)

Between last Wednesday and this Wednesday, our entire world has seemingly flipped upside down. Globally there has never been more fear gripping people concerning the COVID-19 virus. 

Many people have lost sight of their peace in God, and people have most certainly lost their rest. 

One of the most quoted scriptures concerning resting in God?s plan is Psalm 23, King James Version. 

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

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.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

In the World English Bible, as well as several other translations we see that the first word is not Lord, but Yahweh. A precise naming of God. Yahweh is literally translated ?He Brings Into Existence Whatever Exists? (source Encyclopedia Britannica) 

Historically we know that the Hebrews used different names to describe different attributes of God. 

  • Elohim: The strong, Creator God (In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth) Gen 1:1-2
  • Jehovah: Lord, master and relational God (This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that Jehovah God made earth and heaven) Gen 2:4 
  • El Emuna: The Faithful God (Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful El Emunah, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.) Deuteronomy 7:9
  • Adonai: Master Over All (Adonai, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours?) Deuteronomy 3:24
  • Sar Shalom: Prince of Peace (For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Sar Shalom.) Isaiah 9:6
  • Yahweh: He Brings Into Existence Whatever Exists (Yahweh is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing.) Psalm 23:1

Because we know that the aspects of God are translated into the Bible through the diverse namings of God we understand that when David cries out ?Yahweh, you are my shepherd? He is calling out something to the tune of

?You made my hardships and my happiness, you are my shepherd. You guide me to places of peacefulness where I can recharge. You restore my ability to process what is going on in my life, and the heavy burdens I bare. Even though I don?t think I can take this anymore, I shouldn?t be afraid, because you?re here with me in this place you created for my own growth.  

I don?t need to get vindication, because you?ve provided for me in front of everyone who wanted to see me fail. You appointed me to this time and place because you brought my path and me into existence. Because of this I know I?ll be blessed to the point I don?t know what to do with all of my blessings.  Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life,

and I will know that you created these bad times to make me ready for the good times you?ve created.?

As Americans, we?re living in one of the most uncertain times in our county?s history. Personally I have had to sit myself down mentally and force my self not to think of the news reports. I?ve had to remind myself ?You may have almost no clients right now, but the one who brought all things into existence is also the one who is the prince of peace, and the master of everything, and is a relational God. His name is a promise that he won?t forget about you.??

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