Anytime we hear a three-worded phrase followed by a quick, “Oh my,” our minds automatically associate with that old 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. It’s when Dorothy and her companions are readying themselves to go into the dark, dense forest when their chant of possible woes begin that tell of what may lay ahead and come to prowl.
The Bible tells us there is an enemy that’s on the prowl. He is described as a “roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour,” (1 Peter 5:8). He is never full and always looks for destruction and he seeks to block the pathway of those trying to reach that glorious city. And no, we’re not talking about the Emerald one, but that city called heaven.
Hurts, disappointments, and troubles are things we can run into during our sojourn in this life and things the enemy seeks to magnify in our lives. David likened it to times of walking through the “valley of the shadow of death,” (Psalm 23:4a). It can be a fearsome place with many traps and travails scattered about the pathway. But, unlike the fear that took over those venturing into the dark forest, David declared, “I will fear no evil: for thou art with me . . .” (Psalm 23:4b). For David, it wasn’t about the dark forest and it wasn’t about the valley of the shadow of death. For him, it was all about Who was with him in the midst of it all.
And, the “Who” that was with him was the same God who declared, “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5). The same God who sits high above the earth and His train fills the temple, Isaiah 6:1. The same God who is ever mighty, ever omnipotent, everlasting, and never failing.
This is the same God who is Jehovah Jireh (Genesis 22:14), our Provider in the time of need. He is God Most High (Psalm 97:9), always in charge and always reigning sovereignly over all. He is always above and never beneath. He is always with and never without. All dominions and powers must and will bow down to Him.
God is the Creator who spoke the universe with all its cycles, atoms, particles, and life into existence. With His power to speak anything and everything into being, comes also the strength and authority to heal. With His ability to fashion the things uncontrollable to men such as the winds and the waves, He can speak, and bring forth peace out of chaos, and make them be still.
You see, when David gave his recitation of the Lord as his Shepherd, he was doing more than putting cute words together. He was making a bold declaration of faith, choosing to believe in and focus more on He who was with him than all that’s going on around him.
This is the strong key to the faith we need to successfully deal with things that may be hiding in the dark forest or the low valleys of our lives. Hurts, disappointments, and troubles are something we will all have to face from time to time.
But, oh my! When they meet the God I know; the God I serve! The God whom David expressed such bold confidence in! The God who is indescribable in His holiness and majesty because it goes beyond what we can comprehend; and yet, describable by His characteristics of love, mercy, and grace. The only God of all heaven and earth . . . When they meet Him, He can change their roaring course. He can subdue their evil uprising. And, He can take over and overwhelm their destructive nature, all the while, surrounding and protecting His people with His love, security, and readiness to stand with them and for them.
While we are on this side of glory we are going to have unpleasant things to face. But, oh my – when we see Jesus, every trial, trouble, and evil way will dissipate and all that will remain is our God and those who are tied to Him in a covenant relationship through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Until that day, remember, no matter what you are dealing with today, if you are a child of God, you are not alone. He’s there. He’s here. He’s right beside us. His Spirit dwells in us. God is walking with us and holding us through every dark forest and every valley of the shadow of death.
Isn’t that wonderful to find out – oh my, you are not alone. Lean into Him with trust as He walks with you through this journey.