Psalm 23:4 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.
Now we come to Verse 4. This first part of this verse talks about that which we will all face. That is death. Death is a part of living. The moment we are born we begin to die. There is no escaping it. However, for the Child of God there is hope and comfort.
Note it says “ though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” If you were to take out one word “shadow,“ this verse would mean entirely something else. As Children of God we do not walk through the valley of death. We only walk through its shadow. A shadow of something is not the real thing. As we walk on a sunny day we may see our shadow on the ground. Our shadow is not really us.
So the shadow of the valley of death is not the same as actually walking through the valley of death. Do you see the difference? When a Christian dies, the Christian does not experience real death. The Christian only goes through the shadow of real death. Let me give you these verses again.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.
1 Thessalonians 4:14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with Him the believers who have died.
I believe the shadow of death is the body dying and our soul and spirit going to heaven. Why? Because the verses above tells us that when Jesus returns, He will bring back with Him all the Believers who have died.
Dear friends, do not be afraid of death. Our bodies may wear out and die, but our soul and spirit goes to be with God.