by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
(Continuing in Psalm 23)
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” are not words we want to hear nor do we want to linger over them.
We would rather run through the valley and be done with it as soon as possible, if we are unable to avoid the valley all together. But notice the first two words, “Even though…” What do you notice about these two words? They tell you that “I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” is not a complete sentence. “Through” also indicates that the “shadow of death” is not where things stop. “Even though” means there is more to this, even as it indicates, death does not win.
Statements such as “Even though I’m over weight,” or ”Even though I’m not as smart as a fifth grader(!)” or “Even though I’m confused about…” all hint at victory. There is an obstacle in front of me, but it is overcome.
You may be in a very dark valley today, but remember, this verse starts with “Even though.” It would be a different story if it ended with “even though.”