Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me;… (a)
In this journey we may “walk through the valley of the shadow of death”, note “walk through” not “walk in”. The shadow may be the terror of the enemy by night, but where there is a shadow, there must be light somewhere. The presence of the Lord (the light) is realized when shadow presents itself. That ought to be our comfort that we have enough proof of His presence. “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul” (Psa 94:19)
God took away the sting of death when Christ died on the cross and resurrected. “54…”Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “ O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” (1Cor 15:54-55)
“He who has the Son has life” (1Joh 5:12) even in the valley. This is not a temporary life for believers. To quote Charles Spurgeon, “Nobody is afraid of a shadow, for a shadow cannot stop a man’s pathway even for a moment. The shadow of a dog cannot bite; the shadow of a sword cannot kill; the shadow of death cannot destroy us.” We must walk with boldness because God is with us, He is our refuge and strength.