Even in the valleys, He's still God. We love the mountaintop experiences where you know the victory's won and you just feel so close to God. But, not much grows on top of the mountain. It's the valleys. It's the valleys that links one mountain to another. It's no accident that Psalm 22 is about Mount Calvary where Jesus paid it all. It's no accident that Psalm 24 is about Mount Zion. But, what links Psalm 22 to Psalm 24 is a psalm about a valley. What you can find in the valley?
I. God is there ...for thou art with me...(Psalm 23:4)
He said He would never leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) You may look around in your valley and not see God. You may not sense God. But He's there. He doesn't lose sight of us in the valley. Standing somewhere in the shadows you'll find Jesus.
II. Growth is there ...thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
Growth is there. Without His loving correction and guidance, we would not learn from our ill ways. The Shepherd shows the way. We should ask God, "How do I get to that next mountain?" Or instead of "God, get me out of this valley!" we should ask, "God, what do you want me to get out of this valley?" Grow.
III. Grace is there ...Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Psalm 23:5-6)
Talking about amazing grace! It doesn't matter what we must face, God's grace is sufficient. It may just be another thing.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28
It's good to know that whatever valley, whatever storm, whatever we may be facing is just another one of those things that God uses to accomplish His will. We should glory in these valleys, as hard as that may sound, because God is using us as an instrument of His will.