The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.Here we have the common motif of God as the Good Shepherd, who care for his flock. David is lead by the Lord to still waters and green pastures. More than just pretty imagery, David uses it as metaphor for the spiritual reality: God restores his soul and leads him along the path of righteousness. His spiritual needs are taken care of so that he has none: I shall not want. To the Christian, God provides just as much as he did for David. Through Christ, our sinful souls are restored, and the Spirit guides and sanctifies us, taking us along the path of righteousness.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,It is important to note that the path of righteousness often requires us to walk through trials and temptations in the Valley of the Shadow of Death. The Christian life does not promise a life of ease and luxury. As Peter wrote in his First Epistle, "But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed....For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil." In times of trouble and trial, our God is ever with us, our constant help and salvation. The loving corrections of the Good Shepherd comfort us in our trials, giving us the consolation that the not only is God with us to rebuke us, but that he works even those trials to our gain.
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;Even when we are surrounded by evil, the Lord still provides our daily bread. Moreover, he blesses us, and gives us in abundance that which we need. In light of all this David arrives at a clear conclusion: "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life." Looking back over the course of the Christian's life, the regular blessings of God should cause you to look to the future with the firm conviction that the very same God will continue to bless you and supply your needs, all the days of your life. Looking beyond this life, David peers into eternity: "And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Such was his hope, and so is it ours also.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.