February 20, 2019: SOAP #3366:   Numbers 7; Psalm 23; Acts 27 Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I […]

February 20, 2019: SOAP #3366:   Numbers 7; Psalm 23; Acts 27

Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters 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. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Observation:   God's plan is not to lead me in circles in valleys.   He led me into the valley because His goal for me is to go THROUGH the valley.   The valley was not the destination, it is merely the transition place from where our Shepherd makes us 'lie down in green pastures' and 'leads us beside quiet waters.' It is the transition place to a place of abundance.   We are moving to a place where our cup will overflow.

Application:  There are many valley-doorways through which I must pass.   I must remember that God is leading me THROUGH the valleys, the troubles, the difficulties.

In this life we walk through the 'valley of the SHADOW of death' but a time will come that we will walk through the valley of our physical death.   Some pass quickly; others seem to linger.   However long or short my passing may be, I want it to be in anticipation of what is waiting when I complete the passage!  I want to go singing, 'I am entering your gates with thanksgiving in my heart!   I am entering your courts with praise.   I am saying, 'This is the day that the Lord has made.' I am rejoicing for you have made me glad!' (Psalm 100:4; 118:24)

Prayer:    Father God, I count on your Presence to be with me when I come to the last valley.   You will be my strength.   You will be my comfort.   I will count on you to lead me through and carry me when I cannot carry myself.  Entering your courts; 'What a day that will be!' Amen

Pastor Leon
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