Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me.
70 years ago, WWII was causing destruction all over the world. Nazi German extermination camps were opening. Japanese forces were attacking nation after nation. In the US, women were taking the place of men in the work force. There were war bond sales to round up more money to send our troops the supplies they needed. People showed courage in the middle of destruction. Those who knew God were praying. Those who didn’t were sometimes found praying too.
Even in recent years when people have had to face death, they did so with Psalm 23 on their lips. Those who didn’t know it already might have been reading over someone else’s shoulder. The psalm inspires courage when people need it most.
By now, people have seen so many movies where Psalm 23 is quoted that using it in real life-threatening situations is instinctive.
It is in those life-threatening situations that people acknowledge that they need someone more powerful than themselves. They can’t control what’s happening, so now they need God’s help.
Saying this psalm is comforting and encouraging. It reminds us that we’re not alone in our tragedies. It reminds us of God's protection. He is strong when we are weak. He can carry us through. The words “I will fear no evil for you are with me” is acknowledgment that God is for us in our battle against evil.
God is for us. Remember that as you seek God with me.