Do not dread walking through the valley of the shadow of death. My radiant Presence shines brightly in that deep, sunless valley—strengthening, encouraging, and comforting you. Beloved, there is no valley or pit so deep and dark that I cannot see all the way to the bottom of it. Even if you wander from Me and fall into a slimy pit, you need not despair. When you cry out to Me, I will lift you out of the mud and mire and set your feet on a rock—giving you a firm place to stand.
Whenever you start to feel afraid, remember that I—your Shepherd—am armed. I am never without My rod of protection, and I use it with deadly accuracy. My shepherd’s staff is for guiding you. The hooked end of the staff is perfect for pulling you back from danger or rescuing you when you have fallen out of arm’s reach. Find comfort in the constant protection and guidance I provide.
“As you face your fears, remember that I am the One who goes before you and will be with you; I will never leave you. While you are walking through the valley of adversity, let these ten short words cascade through your mind: I will fear no evil, for You are with me.”
“Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.”
~ Psalm 23:4 [AMP]
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
~ Psalm 40:1–2”
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”
~ John 10:11 [NKJV]
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
~ Deuteronomy 31:8