Psalm 23:4 – God is Near #133

You might or might not be familiar with Psalm 23. Whether it’s your first time to read it or it’s one you have memorized, there is so much good content in it. Today I am sharing verse 4 from the Passion Translation which says “Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near. “

If you are currently in a trial or what might even feel like a path of darkness, God is not surprised by it one bit. His paths will take you through the “valley of deepest darkness” but the good news for you today is that He has already conquered fear, which means there is no reason to have fear in any aspect of your life. The path you are on isn’t going to stay dark forever. The light might come slowly or it might come quickly, but there will be light at the end of your difficult path.

No matter what you go through God will always remain close to you. This verse says He “leads me through it all the way.” He doesn’t lead you just a part of the way or half way, but He leads you until He has taken you to the other side. 

God is your strength and peace. If you allow Him to be near to you, then you will have no reason to be lonely. Seek Him no matter what season you are in and He will comfort and guide you to get out of the deep darkness and onto the other side of the valley.

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  • Lavonne @ *Our Wish*
    Posted at 08:37h, 09 May Reply

    I love this verse! Definitely something to keep in mind through struggles and dark times.

  • Keri Underwood
    Posted at 09:28h, 09 May Reply

    He will lead you until He has taken you to the other side – Such a good word! I needed this this morning!

  • Lily
    Posted at 11:26h, 09 May Reply

    I love this…and definitely something I have to remember when I’m feeling down and alone. Thank you so much for sharing this, Caroline! Your posts always make my day! 🙂

  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 11:47h, 09 May Reply

    I really needed this today! Thank you for sharing!

  • Kay
    Posted at 14:12h, 09 May Reply

    Great post. How comforting it is that God is not surprised by our trials. He is always, always prepared to take care of us!

  • Pamela
    Posted at 14:40h, 09 May Reply

    “…regardless of the season.” There are heartaches in every season, but how comforting to know God is right there, right beside us, sometimes “going before us and making the crooked places straight.”

  • Jenny
    Posted at 15:01h, 09 May Reply

    Comforting words for me today!

  • Megan Darda
    Posted at 16:52h, 09 May Reply

    Thank you for the reminder that God is not surprised by the difficult times that I am going through right now.

  • Andrea
    Posted at 17:26h, 09 May Reply

    God is ALWAYS near us – even when we don’t think so

  • Marie Wikle
    Posted at 19:04h, 09 May Reply

    I”m so thankful that even in the darkness Jesus is there!

  • Tedi @ Running with Infertility
    Posted at 19:25h, 09 May Reply

    Thanks for the great insight on that verse.

  • Faith
    Posted at 20:41h, 09 May Reply

    I appreciate how you continue to trust and seek Him in spite of your circumstances.

  • Heather
    Posted at 22:13h, 09 May Reply


  • Mihaela Echols
    Posted at 23:19h, 09 May Reply

    “God is not surprised one bit” couldn’t of said it better myself! sharing this!

  • Patricia
    Posted at 03:59h, 10 May Reply

    I really appreciate this translation. I love the reminder that, no matter what, He remains close to us.

  • Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom
    Posted at 11:14h, 10 May Reply

    I was so moved by this post I nearly cried, haha! Thank you so much for sharing this encouragement. Also, side note, but I had never heard of the Passion Translation before — going to have to check it out! Thanks again. 🙂

  • Kelly
    Posted at 15:44h, 10 May Reply

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Caroline!

  • Florence
    Posted at 16:28h, 10 May Reply

    I really like this translation, it reminds me of something similar I did with psalm 91 which helped me a lot.

  • Brandi Penguins in Pink
    Posted at 17:06h, 10 May Reply

    What a great verse for today. I have been struggling with some family issues and this speaks to my soul.

  • Jaclyn
    Posted at 19:32h, 10 May Reply

    I was just sitting here mending my *healed* ankle and have been reliving the moment all day and it got worse once I got home. Within the hour, I have said, “fear is real!” In regards to just walking across a room without hurting something else. But He is my peace and will be right by my side as I come back even stronger!!!

  • brianna george
    Posted at 22:23h, 11 May Reply

    He leads us. But will we follow him. So hard when we are in it, but he is faithful.

  • Anna Clarke Blog
    Posted at 22:00h, 29 May Reply

    So so good! Love how you broke it down. Very encouraging. Like you said, we have to allow Him to be near. And it’s amazing what transformation happens within when we do. Thanks for sharing!! -xx Anna

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 16:03h, 31 May Reply

    This is EXACTLY what I needed today. Thank you!!

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