Have you ever been in the Valley of “weeping”? The psalmist had. He says, “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose hearts are the highways to Zion. As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. . .” (Ps. 84: 5-6) Maybe you are finding yourself in that kind of valley now. I do. That is why I am writing this to me, and with the hope it will bless you as well. I am not talking about some little struggles. I am talking about experiencing the agonizing moments when God seems so distant and the world seems so dark you are not sure what the next step might lead you to.
Just some observations about this text. The psalmist speaks of someone who is “blessed.” Sometimes we translate this word into English as “happy” but it is so much deeper than this. It is a word that describes contentment and security that is full of an unshakeable joy. And this person is blessed because their strength comes from God. They have access to this strength because they have constructed “highways in their heart” in times when they are not going through difficulty. They have cultivated their relationship with God so that difficulties do not prevail when they come, and they always come.
The writer could say this because of what he affirms in verse 1: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!” How does he know this? He had been there in his heart. He had shared those intimate moments with God that strengthen the soul. So much so that he declares in verse 2 how much his heart and should long for that intimate fellowship now. Reflecting on his experience in the past with God, he can declare “my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.”
I noticed an amazing thing in the life of Abraham yesterday. There is a point at which God enters into a very special covenant relationship with Abraham in Genesis 15. But before God “cuts covenant” with Abraham, verse 12 says, “And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him.” Have you known this dreadful and great darkness? The thing about it is no one can alleviate this darkness except God. No matter how much someone else may love you, they cannot provide the light that you need to ease a darkness allowed by God.
The psalmist in 84 is able to go through the Valley of Baca (Weeping) because he has constructed highways to the presence of God. So familiar is he with this highway that he can travel it, EVEN IN THE DARKNESS of God’s silence. On top of this, he digs wells of refreshment for those who will come after him.
The psalmist can come back in verse 11 and declare that the LORD bestows favor and honor on His children. There is nothing good that He withholds from those who know Him in a personal relationship.The psalmist knew in the depth of his being that One day in God’s presence was better than a thousand anywhere else, and the days he had experienced there would sustain him through the Valley of Baca.
As we discover in Psalm 30 weeping may linger through the darkness of our night, but JOY comes in the morning. And with God, the morning always comes. It may seem very dark right now, but hold on. God is for you.He is incredibly in love with you. How do I know that? He gave His one and only Son to die on a cross to purchase Your forgiveness and to enable Him to have a relationship with you. He loves you with a steadfast love that is unshakeable.
“O God, sustain us with the knowledge that You are with us, and that you walk through the Valley of Weeping with us.Indeed we know that You even walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Thank you for such incredible steadfast love. Thank you that You love us enough to trust us with the times and seasons of darkness where it seems You are strangely silent. Help us never be overcome by the voice of the enemy who would suggest You are not there. You are always near. Help us be strong to hold on.”