“Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart.”
In Psalm 23, when David talks about fearing no evil in the valley of the shadow of death, he doesn’t say, “I shall fear no evil because you will take me out of it.” David says, “I shall fear no evil, for you are with me.” God had to walk David into the valley of the shadow of death for David to turn his heart back to the LORD. When David returned to the LORD, evil no longer had a hold on him. He suffered the consequences for his sin, but God broke his chains and called David a man after His own heart. No matter what kind of darkness oppresses us, we can cry out to Jesus, and He will free us. He is with us and will never forsake us. Will we reject God in our distress, or will we let Him draw us back under His almighty shadow?
"WHEN DAVID RETURNED TO THE LORD, EVIL NO LONGER HAD A HOLD ON HIM. HE SUFFERED THE CONSEQUENCES FOR HIS SIN, BUT GOD BROKE HIS CHAINS AND CALLED DAVID A MAN AFTER HIS OWN HEART."
LORD, thank you for breaking every chain that bound me when Your Son rose victoriously from the grave. Life can feel heavy at times, but I pray that you would help me receive your freedom. The more I give myself to You, the more I experience a lightness of heart and a joyful countenance. Thank you for taking me under your shadow and for delivering me from the shadow of the valley of death.