But God- Through the Valley

Greetings,

Welcome back to our continuing journey through Psalms 23. As we begin to look at verse 4, we come to the dividing point of this Psalm. Thus far, David has been teaching us about God. The personal pronouns are He and His.

 

But God Image_Color_CrossBeginning now in verse 4, David begins to address God personally. The pronouns are you and your. He has switched from talking about God, and has begun talking to Him. So, hold on as these next three verses are both personal and powerful.

 

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

 

There is so much included in this wonderful verse that we could talk for a month or more and not exhaust all this verse has to say. This week allow me to point out two obvious points, which are often overlooked.

 

The first is the opening – “Even though.” David is saying that “even though” his circumstances aren't what he was planning on, he will not complain about them, nor will he fear them. David is saying he won't be a “fair weather” sheep. He will refrain from doing so by remembering Who his Shepherd is and that He is good.

 

The second point for this week is that he (David) will be walking through this valley. Catch that? This valley is not his final destination. This valley is just a small section of the journey. David may have felt lost and forgotten at times, as we all have, BUT, as he is reminded of the truth of Who his Shepherd is and that He knows the way through this valley, and that He is never lost. This builds confidence that with our Shepherd, we will go through the valley with Him leading.

 

Our Good Shepherd, thank You for this valley. We thank You that You know the way through it and we thank You for your commitment to our well being. We trust You to lead us through. Amen

 

Blessings,

Thomas

 

thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

 

 

“If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word  ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

 

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

 

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making  products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?”  Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. Each new ScentBlocker jacket comes with a waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

 

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our  business!

 

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

1 Comment;

  • Dennis A. Tuchten
    Dennis A. Tuchten - June 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    This is the first time this program has come on my C/P. All I can say is PRAISE THE LORD.
    I feel that christens should back christens, that means you are on my #1 list to get things from. I am 72 years now been hunting for a LOT of years I have just about everything I need now. When I do need something I know where to go. Keep up the GOOD work, GOD BLESS you and yours.
    Thank you Dennis A.

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