Every life is filled with mountains, valleys, wilderness, and plains. A valley is a place between two mountains or hills, which makes it a depression. Remember, it was in the valley, in the brook in the lowest part of the valley, that David found the smooth stones to slay Goliath. When you are in the valley, look around and ask the Lord, “What am I supposed to pick up while I’m here?”
There are many references to valleys in the Bible.The 23rd Psalm might be the most familiar:1. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.3. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.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.5. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.6. 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.
In the first three verses, David is talking about the Lord. He then realizes, although the valley is dark, he is not alone. In the remaining three verses, he is talking to the Lord. A rod and staff require us to grasp hold (of His strength, comfort, and provision.)
According to Strong’s Concordance, this table is a king’s table. It provides not just bread and water as to a prisoner, but anything and everything we will need.
David found the stones to kill Goliath in the Valley. And it was in the valley of Elah that he took the sword from Goliath and beheaded him. David will also benefit from this sword later in his life.
Perhaps you are in a place of depression. Maybe you want to isolate yourself; bury your blues in ice cream or chocolate. Instead, ask yourself, “What’s in this valley?” What’s at God’s table that I need to pick up?”
It’s in the valley where you will find what you need to win your next battle!