Sony’s Thoughts: In the Valley He Restoreth My Soul

“He leads me beside still waters somewhere in the valley below. He draws me aside to be tested and tried but in the valley, He restoreth my soul.” ~ Dottie Rambo

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)

Although not the most fun place to be, valleys serve a purpose. They can be lonely, dark places but God has promised that He will be with us even there. It’s going through the valley that makes us appreciate the mountaintops that much more. If life were all ease, we wouldn’t recognize our need for God but, as we feel Him take our hand and lead us through a valley once again, we better understand His love for us and His continual presence.

“But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble.” (Psalm 37:39)

We serve a great and mighty God. If you are down or having a hard time seeing light at the end of the tunnel, reach out to Jesus. Tell Him how much you love Him and proclaim your trust in Him to bring you through. It may not happen as quickly as you would like but you will be on the mountain again and you will be able to proclaim how He restored your soul. What a testimony that will be!

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  1. “If it takes a valley/Then a valley’s what I’ll take.” I’m almost afraid to sing along to the words of that song because I don’t want God to take me seriously! But sooner or later we must be content with a valley.

    • Sometime last year, I was at a BFA concert singing along with every song until it got to this one. I actually cried. However, God made it clear that this indeed is to be our prayer. I think that’s the ultimate surrender that we’re to be striving toward: where we can sing this song and fully mean it.

      • Yes. And I think that while such a song may be written and sung sincerely, with the best of intentions, it holds even more depth of meaning if it springs from actual trial and sorrow. It’s easy to make promises to God when our lives are nothing but good. But it is only when God allows the devil to try and plague us, as he did with Job, that are hearts are truly tested. If then, like Job, we still find it within ourselves to proclaim these words as the honest cry of our hearts, then we have come to understand and live them like we never did before.

  2. The only real advantage of being on the mountaintop is the spectacular view. The air is too thin to breathe, there is no flora and it’s so cold that the precipitation is frozen. All the growing takes place in the valley where the refreshing streams flow with life giving water. So God chooses to put us in an environment where we’ll grow.

    • A tremendous perspective. Thank you for sharing this. You nailed it so accurately.

  3. For some reasons I’m reminded of this song by The Hoppers with the older lady singing lead (Connie?). She says that God is independent of mans opinion. Love that. If I focus on pleasing God, not man, the valleys are much easier.

    • This is exactly what God’s been reminding me lately. It’s so easy to look down and see our valleys or ourselves. What we need to do is look up. If we see Him and if our goal is to please Him, nothing else matters. Thank you for reminding us of that.