Aunque ande en valle de sombra de muerte,
No temeré mal alguno, porque tú estarás conmigo;
Tu vara y tu cayado me infundirán aliento. Salmo 23:4
Psalm 23 is one of our favourite scriptures, you just mention the passage, and mental images of blissfully happy sheep pass through one’s mind, but beyond the surface message of God’s guidance throughout our lives, a deeper message of His authourity flows through the passage.
Authourity is not necessarily one of my generations favourite words, but, spiritually there is incredible power in submission to God’s overall control of every single detail of our lives. It’s beyond the image of God standing over you with a big stick waiting to destroy you when you do something wrong, but it’s a revelation of a loving Father standing guard against all who would dare to harm His child. It’s a revelation that authourity is protection, that authourity is yet another aspect of God’s incredible care for His children.
Authourity is the symbol of dynasties, it’s the impeccable grace Queen Elizabeth holds when she walks in a room, it’s the spellbinding power of the word of God to a spirit filled people, it’s the hand of a mother to a wounded child, it’s the sound of the still small voice after the wind, after the fire, His voice remains omnipotent over any other. It’s a revelation that if He said it, then it is done, that if He wills it, then nothing can hinder His desire from being accomplished. It’s the knowledge that if God be for us than who can be against us, it’s the understanding of belonging to an almighty God who rolled the stone away, who parted the sea, who opened the door, and does stuff like that every day. For you and me.
But He asks us when we walk through the storms of life to simply look up at Him and remember we’re not alone. To know that above the horizons of the vision of our frail humanity He is creating a master plan, filled with intricate beauty, and enduring purpose. To walk with the understanding that we are simply ambassadors here on earth for a higher power, and to hold our heads high. God is in control. I have no reason to fear. He’s watching over me. And then to take this understanding, this revelation,if you will, to the lost and dying around us, who walk in fear and torment, uncertain of what tomorrow holds, and extend that promise of Jesus to them, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matt 11:28-30 NLT