“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.” Psalms 23:4
Imagine on your spiritual journey approaching a tunnel that appears to be the most dreadful experience known to man. What’s the first thing that comes to mind after you remember that turning around isn’t an option? Emphatically you may think, “Lord, please help me make it to the other side!” Uncoincidentally, I’ve come across a phenomenon known as the other side praise. Before you can enjoy the spoils and engage in this particular praise, you must go through the process of the dreadful tunnel. Only to find that what you dreaded was nothing more than “the shadow of death.”
God has purposes for everything He does. Of which is desensitizing us to things that once terrorized us. The second portion of verse four of Psalms 23 explains the purpose of the preceding part of the verse. Walking through the valley of the shadow of death, thus desensitizes us to a dread, fear, timidity of evil. How better to grow accustomed to frightening circumstances than to be in a tunnel whereby one is surrounded by them. Jehovah Elohim loves us so much that He’ll encompass us with things that we are afraid of to teach us that He is the only source of our help. Sure, we’ve relied on things to prop us up but in this tunnel, it is just us and Jesus. He is Who is getting us through. To our surprise, death or the shadows of it are not that frightening when we trust God completely.
We learn about our maturity in the tunnel. Perhaps, we thought that we had tremendous growth in an area only to find that it was a conditional, circumstantial, and inconsistent form of maturity. Maybe we went through a season in this tunnel where our praise weakened, faith began slipping, and doubts rose like yeast in a four-hundred-degree oven. God is Sovereign in that He did not lose sight of us prior to, though, or at our subsequent exiting of the tunnel. We are never out of His sight. Like one of those rickety old train rides at an amusement park, even if we felt like we were slipping we were right on track. One thing to remember while going through life’s tunnels; there is the other side. If we don’t jump off the apparatus mid-journey, we’ll get to the other side. Ride it out.
With the help of the Lord, in due season, remember we make it to the other side. Newly ripped spiritual muscles are flexed, as we fight with new strength. What we didn’t realize while we were going through was that we grew stronger from all the turmoil, uncertainty, and difficulty in the tunnel. The hardship was actually to our benefit. Now, we have a new praise on this other side. This new praise doesn’t mind looking weird or sounding “extra.” We jump, shout, scream thanking Jesus because it felt like we were going to die in the tunnel but His power kept us all along.
Figuratively speaking, our circumstances may not have changed, just yet, but in the spirit realm, our position has changed. We are no longer overcome by fear of tunnels. Thank you, God, for granting us other side praise! Better equipped to serve the Lord, willing and unafraid to face any tunnel, we’ve got the other side praise.
By: Lady Jay
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“Psalm 23:1 (KJV) – A Psalm of David The.” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 8 Nov, 2017. https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/psa/23/1/p1/s_501001