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[quote:3lpykgap]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.

Psalm 23:4 KJV

The thing that strikes me about this verse is that it speaks not of death but of the *shadow* of death. Anyone who operates in harm’s way operates in the shadow of death.

But shadows have no power. They are not to be feared. That’s what I take from this verse, and that’s what I find encouraging about it. It does not concede any power to death or any reason to fear it. Quite the opposite, it describes a shadow; an illusion, a myth.

The rod and the staff speak of discipline and leadership. This describes how to operate in the valley of the shadow of death. Fear is a mindset that gives power to things which have no power.

In the valley of the shadow of death it is important to have a disciplined mind that an retain a single-minded focus. This focus must be on a higher purpose. By acknowledging a higher authority, you are acknowledging a power greater than death and greater than fear.

The rod and the staff comfort me because I know I am right, and I know my cause is honorable and, therefore, I have nothing to fear.

The shadow of death implies the shadow of an enemy. But this enemy is not to be feared. I am disciplined and focused, serving a higher cause, and I will destroy this enemy.

The further implication is that if the enemy is but a shadow then the enemy does not stand a chance.

“for thou art with me” obviously means that God is with me. God can only be with me if my cause is just.