“I Got Company” / The Nevels Sisters


Remember who you have walking by your side, ‘following you’.  You’ve got ‘company‘! 

Remember that 4th image the angry King saw in the fiery furnace with the three Hebrew boys he placed in it (Daniel 3)?  They had company; they did NOT burn up either.

Goodness on your left side, Mercy on your right side.




The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

Yea, 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.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

Psalm 23 (NKJV)

4 Divine Truths of a Christian’s ‘Valley Walk’

1642570388_1bd903aec4_o


Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4 (KJV)


The Valley Walk of a Shepherded Christian

  1. An abiding Christian’s valley is a valley of the shadow of death (Job 38:17, Jeremiah 13:16), not death.
    • These two types of valleys are quite different.  Why be afraid of a shadow?
  2. There is no shadow without light, right?   Who is the light?  The Lord!
    • With ‘light’ (1 John !:5-6), you shall fear no evil.
    • Thou art with you.  A Shepherded Christian isn’t walking solo.  You were given a spirit of power, not ‘a spirit of fear’ (1 Timothy 1:7).   Therefore, only those who are lost and alone should be fearful!
    • If you accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior, you have nothing to fear.  Nothing!  Keep walking with confidence.
  3. You are walking through the valley.   
    • The important word here is through.  Walking through a valley indicates that the Walker, the Shepherded Christian, is making progress and moving forward.  They are not lost or stuck.
    • Others are simply ‘in the valley’.
  4. Shepherded Christians in a valley are walking to a ‘mountain’.  They are moving towards a high point outside the valley.
    • When you are in such a situation, you should be encouraged and hopeful.  While at a low point, in the valley, you trust that your God-guided steps will take you to a high point ‘when all things work together’ – i.e. when you get to the mountain.
    • Be encouraged, you are a blessed child of God.

SCRIPTURE

  • Psalm 23: 4

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (KJV)

  • 1 John 1: 5-6

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you:

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. (NIV)

  • 2 Timothy 1: 7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear,

but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (NKJV)

  • Isaiah 9: 2

The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned. (NIV)

  • Job 38: 17

Have the gates of death been revealed to you?
Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death? (NKJV)


Peace be with you.

Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way


Photo credit: Jefferson Davis/flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Four Whispers: No Wants, No Fear (Gospel)


Ye thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I shall fear no evil, for thou art with me.


When times are hard
I can always count on you
Just as sure as the rising Sun.
And through you, I have everything I Need
You’ve given me the Keys.
Once was blind, but now I see.
You’ve always let me be me.

The Whispers, “For Thou Art With Me”


Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

 

Just a Shadow, Yes Just a Shadow (Faith)

Psalm23_clarasRose


Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4 (KJV)

I love it when I discover an insight into a Bible verse that had previously alluded me.  Given how familiar the 23rd Psalm is, that a mid-Summer Sermon would give me a new perspective on ‘I walk through the valley of the shadow of death’ was even more joyful.

When a sermon, song, or scripture lingers in my mind, I sense that the Holy Spirit is trying to reveal something to me.   The scripture which led this post, Psalm 23:4, will be explored.

For starters, what’s a valley?   The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it two ways:

  • “An area of low land between hills or mountains”
  • “A low period, point, or level”

The Shadow of Death in your Valleys (July 5, 2015)

As I sat on July 5th listening to one of the Associate Ministers at my church, Rev. Percy Pass (Oak Ridge First Baptist Church), give a sermon I wasn’t sure what to expect frankly.  While I’d enjoyed the last sermon he’d given, anytime anyone other than my Pastor (Dr. Rev. James A. Webster) gives the Sunday Sermon, I’m not sure what kind of experience awaits.  The Scripture for the minister’s Independence Day weekend Sermon:  Psalm 23.   As Rev. Pass proceeded, I can say I was fully pleased with what I heard.  As I exchanged several approving glances with my smiling, 83-year old father, I knew I was not the only one in the sanctuary that Sunday morning who felt this way.

  • He made one statement in the midst of the Sermon that, as soon as he uttered it, I couldn’t get it out of my mind.   I am paraphrasing here:

David wrote about walking through a valley of the shadow of death, not a valley of death.

Rev. Pass put an emphasis on the word not.  Guess what?  The Lord puts an emphasis on keeping all his sheep safe and comforted!  

As I returned to my Church Journal (with my Sermon notes) a few weeks later, I realized how much I’d missed in reading this one familiar verse (Psalm 23:4) of the Holy Bible.  As my seasoned Pastor has said on many occasions: ‘I saw something new in reading this scripture this week’.

  • If he can say that, I don’t feel bad that all the meaning in every Bible verse I read isn’t revealed when I first read it.   Bible Study, in a group and solo, has it’s benefits!
  • An active member of a mid-sized Missionary Baptist church in the Greensboro NC area, I can say that I haven’t heard many bad sermons.  Rev. Pass’s sermon touched my spiritual heart.  Without it, the blog post you are now reading would never have been published.

CLICK a Page below to read more

Page 2 (Rest of post) / Page 3 (Scripture)

Psalms 23 – An Eye Opener!

I love the 23rd Psalm . . . I love this post, from one of my earliest Followers, Enough Tribulations Peace and Deliverance Ministries. Thanks Gertrude, for your continued support . . . and this powerful post! Peace be with you. Greg

  • What is your relationship with the Lord?  The very first line of Gertrude’s post aligns with a post (link) I did recently . . . on Psalm 23.  That post captured one of my most memorable moments in last year or so – the anointed reading of this familiar Psalm by an Associate Minister at my church.

Enough Tribulations Peace & Deliverance Ministries

P1050877

Some probably never thought nor looked at this Psalm in this way, even though they say it over and over again.

The Lord is my shepherd – that’s relationship!

I shall not want – that’s supply!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures – that’s rest!

He leadeth me beside the still waters – that’s refreshment!

He restoreth my soul – that’s healing!

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness – that’s guidance!

For His name sake – that’s purpose!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death – that’s testing!

I will fear no evil – that’s protection!

For thou art with me -that’s faithfulness!

Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me – that’s discipline!

Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies – that’s hope!

Thou annointest my head with oil – that’s consecration!

My cup…

View original post 38 more words

‘You are with me Jesus’ (Assurance)

TMcGhee_705 May. 24 09.25For Yea though I walk (Choir: You’re Amazing)
through the Valley of the Shadow (You’re Amazing)
of Death, I fear no evil (You’re Amazing)
for You are with me Jesus (You’re Amazing)
your rod and your staff (You’re Amazing)
they comfort me Jesus (You’re Amazing)
You prepare a table (You’re Amazing)
right in front of my enemies (You’re Amazing)
Now that’s amazing! (You’re Amazing)
We say You’re amazing (You’re Amazing)
We say You’re amazing (You’re Amazing)


  • This part of “Amazing” was clearly inspired by the 23rd Chapter of the Book of Psalm.
  • The Gospel song, from Ricky Dillard’ and New G (with Tiffany McGhee leading), is spirited and uplifting.  Earlier posts on this blog (post) (post) capture the words and end-of-performance singing of this ‘joyful noise’ from Ricky, Tiffany, and crew.  In five simple words Assurance is expressed: You are with me Jesus.
  • The live video (YouTube) is spiritually-inspiring, capturing both the singers and the audience.  Visually experiencing the reactions of those at the 2014 Stellar Awards Show adds an extra dimension to the video.


 You are with me Jesus,
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me Jesus”.

  • When you know you are NOT alone, that’s a reassuring thought right?
  • When you know that his Rod allows him to protect you, who’s gonna mess with you?

  Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way


Photo Credit:  Tiffany McGhee, Singing a song she wrote, “Amazing”, at the 2014 Stellar Awards Show – YouTube video, WETHEBLESSEDtv.

What’s Your Relationship with the Lord? (Psalm 23)

LeoReynolds_2677409202_48c575c2f4While we’re all familiar with the 23rd Psalm, an Associate Minister at my church (last Fall) helped me see it in a totally different way.   Before reading it she acknowledged how David’s relationship with the Lord was plainly evident in the verses of Scripture she was about to read.   As she proceeded to read it, much to the delight of most of those in the sanctuary (including me!), Rev. Guila Cooper was quite right.    As she read the 23rd Psalm, emphasizing every “My”, “Me”, and reference to the Lord, six very old verses of Scripture were revealed to this 53-year old Christian man in a very new way!


The Relationship

  • “The Lord is My Shepherd” (v. 1a)
  • The final verse (v. 6) addresses a relationship which can be both earthly and (with God’s grace) eternal.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

  • “He leadth me” is stated in two verses (v. 2 and 3).

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
He leadeth me beside the still waters.

  • “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures”. (v. 2)
  • “He restoreth my soul” (v. 3)
  • ‘Fear no Evil’ verse (v. 4).  The protective nature of walking with the Lord.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil: for thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

  • This verse (v. 5) sets forth two ‘relationship points’ and states one of core benefits to a Christian who accepts Christ as their personal Savior:

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.
Thou anointest my head with oil.
My cup runneth over.

  • A second assuring benefit of being led by the Lord (v. 1b), beyond having an ‘overflowing cup’.

I shall not want


  • In the annotated verses from the Psalm (see below) I highlight “My” and “Me”.
  • “He”, “Thy”, and “Thou” are references to the Lord.
  • As a result of the Christian relationship which is richly depicted in the 23rd Psalm, David states he was assured of two things:
    1. “I shall not want” (In the 1st verse).   Shall doesn’t mean could or might; it’s a promise from the Lord.
    2. My cup runs over (5th verse)

8675570480_7747c460ab_b_jlwo_childchillinbible


 

Psalm 23 (Annotated)

  • With emphasis on Christian Relationship Points (in Red) and two core benefits of it (in Green)

1 The LORD is MY SHEPHERD; I shall not want.

2 He maketh ME to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth ME beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth MY SOUL: he leadeth ME in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with ME; thy rod and thy staff they comfort ME.

5 Thou preparest a table before ME in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest MY HEAD with oil; MY CUP runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow ME all the days of MY LIFE: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.


Scripture

Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 136, and Isaiah 54:17

  • Dealing with, respectively, Soul Restoring, Mercy, & Protection which allows one to ‘fear no evil’.

Psalm 23


  • A post (Psalm 23 – An Eye Opener!) from a blogger (Gertrude Ferguson, Enough Tribulations Ministry) that provides a perspective of Psalm 23 that I enjoyed!

In closing, may this new year be one of the best in your life!  Christian Assurance (9 Pillars) is available for all children of God who’ve accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.   Faith is about that relationship, not being a robotic Churchgoer or Scripture Memorizer; live the words of God (in the Bible) and have a worship which is engaged and ‘for real’.     Just owning a Bible and being a Churchgoer will not make every saved person a heaven-bound, Christian disciple.   It ain’t that easy; the Devil is going to try to get you to leave the Path which Christ wants you to stay on.

  • Let your endurance of trials now lay the groundwork for your triumphs tomorrow.
  • As the Apostle Paul tells us (Romans 8), your Heavenly Father wants his children to be ‘more than conquerors’, handle afflictions gracefully, and know that eventually ‘all things will work together for your good’.

Whose your Shepherd?    Whose house will you dwell in until the end and beyond in Heaven?    To God be the Glory.

 Greg Silverthorne, 1/1/15


Photo Credit (Sign):  Leo Reynolds/flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Photo Credit (Boy with Bible): Jerry Worster/flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)