Behind every shadow there is a substance,
and in the Valley of the Shadow there is death.
Somehow, as with the healing power in Peter's shadow,
the shadow itself has power.
The Shadow of Death also transmits a portion of death and destruction.
All shadow blocks out the light of the sun,
and transmits a colder measure of darkness.
Where there is life there are shadows -
and valleys are an experience common to all men.
Today we live in a shadowed world
and the shadow is the same - death.
It is a shadow which threatens all kinds of disorder and chaos.
a shadow which threatens unknown calamity.
The shadow would shut down life as we know it,
and fasten a portion of death on our days.
We like the comfort of Psalm 23
but we need to see that the highest point of the Psalm
is in the Valley of Death -
In the Valley of Death there is Life.
It is here that the psalmist finds the Presence of God
and declares "Thou art with me." (vs.4)
The Shepherd leads and provides in the first three verses,
but He is closer in the valley,
and it is here His sheep find something more than food.
It is here we find God closer than the shadow.
It is in the valley alone the palmist speaks of Comfort.
I can't explain Comfort - it goes beyond words.
It is rest and renewal and security and Life.
It is the absence of hurt, and pain, and all that may destroy.
It is the flow of a New Life, fresh from the hand of God.
Here in the midst of death God comes to and abides with His Own.
Here is Heaven begun on earth.