The Lord Is My Shepherd
A Psalm of David.
“1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
6 you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
So, I’m highly aware that everyone, from the Pope to Atheists well versed in scripture, has read this verse. It’s pretty common; dare I even say popular? From a very young age, I am confident enough to say, that we’ve practically had this verse drilled deep into our memory, but have we ever taken the time to learn what’s inside of it?
The other night, I was doing a devotional and this verse was part of it. Usually, if I would have come across a verse that I know well, I would have just recited it verbatim then moved on to the next thing, but crazy enough; I didn’t do that. I stopped and read it through, like actually read it, and the words “even though” practically punched me in the throat. I was stopped dead in my tracks and just kept reading “even though” over and over again, then I went back and read what was surrounding that powerful conjunction.
The verse starts out by saying that God is doing amazing things for us, to rest in his lovely presence, and then it says, “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” I kind of really adore that David writes it in that way, like “hey what’s up guys, God is phenomenal and he’s gonna bless your socks off when you’re in his presence, BUT WAIT! There’s gonna be some bad stuff coming, but remember, Gods gonna be with you during that too, so don’t worry about it one bit!”
That’s pretty cool.
After reading that, me, being the nerd that I am; searched synonymous conjunctions in the thesaurus.
“Even though” could also be said as:
- even though
- even with
- in contempt of
- in defiance of
- in the face of
- undeterred by
To me, it’s just so cool that David takes the time to cover all the bases in such a poetic manner. Many, many times the poetry seems to take over though and we lose sight of the divine truth. God is with us, even though we’ve done this or that, even though something destructive happened, even though we are afraid, even though we feel alone. Not only is he with us “even though,” he is the abundance of our solutions. God is our ultimate conjunction.
I have failed; God helps me achieve.
While this is a very short post, I hope that something resonates; God is here even though you may be facing a cliff or your life may be a walk in the park. You are amazing and you are covered in abundant solutions and love. Have an amazing weekend.