The suspense of Psalm 23:4 provides a beautiful place for David to affirm His complete trust and dependence on his heavenly Father. The valleys and shadows paint a colorful picture reminding the reader of life’s dark moments. In David’s day, the valley was the place where dry stream beds would quickly flash flood. The shadows provided shelter for lurking bandits and wild animals. The threat to the traveler was real. The fear was palpable. All of us experience the real or imagined shadows of fear, danger, and suffering. David points us to a place of utter dependence on our Heavenly Father who loves us and offers us relationship with Him where we can find peace, rest, and joy in the midst of life’s trials.