“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
My family and I were going on a Saturday drive to my parents house through the country. It was a beautiful day, and as we made out way from the suburbs into the countryside you could feel the stress melting away. While we were driving, the traffic came to a sudden stop. We were sitting in our car thinking, we had to come out to the country to get in a traffic jam? I began to feel anxious as we were waiting not understanding what was going on, and why were we stopped? Our car was sitting in a valley at the time, and I could not see what was going on up ahead. We could only see the cars lining up the road over the hill in front of us.
The Lord began speaking to me during this time. He said when you have a valley perspective in life, your circumstances will feel overwhelming. Fear can creep in, and make it difficult to find understanding in the situation. Many times when people are in difficult situations they tend to look at it from a valley perspective. They can only see their situation as overwhelming, unsure how long they will be there, and not knowing when they will come to the other side. The natural side of us tends to view our circumstance from this valley perspective. When we think this way it can cause us to feel sorry for ourselves, and view the situation right where we are at that moment. What if instead of viewing things from the valley perspective as we began to view it from a mountain top perspective?
When you are standing on a mountain top you are at the highest point, and everything else is below you. You can see what lies ahead, and it gives you peace, and understanding. There is something freeing about standing on a mountain top, and looking out. Exodus 24:12 talks about how God told Moses to go to the mountain to receive the ten commandments. “Now the LORD said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and remain there, and I will give you the stone tablets with the law and the commandment which I have written for their instruction.” I personally believe it is much easier to gain instruction, and wisdom from a mountain top perspective than a valley perspective.
A valley perspective creates an environment of victimization, and allows people to feel sorry about what is happening to them instead of overcoming, and rising above it. A mountain top perspective is knowing God loves you, and that He has already given you the victory no matter the situation! 1 Corinthians 15:57 says, “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” This mindset helps us receive instruction from the Lord, and gives us wisdom on how He wants us to handle the situation rather than being controlled by it.
Psalm 23:4 says, “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.” Here in this scripture David was talking about going through “the valley of the shadow of death. David still knew that the Lord was with him, and he focused his eyes on God not on where he was at the time. He also states that his rod and staff comfort him. The rod was used to protect David, and his sheep against beast who would try to attack him in the field. The rod was also used as a shield, and a sword. We know that in Ephesians 6 the Lord has given us the shield of faith and the word of God as our sword. The staff was used to help instruct, and guide the sheep. The staff is also is a sign of authority. Jesus gave us through the power of the Holy Spirit authority over this world, and Satan. We must act in that authority by putting on the full armor of God and speaking forth the word of God making it our sword against the enemy. Even though David was going through the valley he knew the tools that would help him get through it and He kept his focus on the Lord. He knew that Lord would sustain and help him get through it, he had a mountain top perspective.
We have a choice as human beings to view life from a valley, or a mountain top. When hard circumstances come against us we can view it from the valley, right where we are, or can view it from the mountain top, a place of victory! We can see things in the natural, or we can see things the way God sees it in the supernatural. Hebrews 11:1, says that” Faith is the evidence of things yet seen.” When you choose to view life from the mountain top you are saying I trust you Lord even if I don’t see the results as of yet, I know that this situation is going to work out for my good (Romans 8:28.)
I encourage you to choose a mountain top perspective, and a place of victory instead of a place of victimization through a valley perspective. No matter what it is you are going through today the Lord has already given you victory (1 Corinthians 15:57!) You are more than a conqueror through Jesus who loves us! A valley or a mountain top perspective is your choice! Which one will you choose today?