The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
The Bible likens people to sheep. Sheep are vulnerable, needy creatures, and not particularly bright. But they are able to listen and recognize their shepherd’s voice, and follow (John 10).
What over arches this psalm is the shepherd’s care. Sheep like us can take comfort that no matter what’s going on, the shepherd is present for every provision needed to the very end. In and through Jesus.