Main point summary
Jesus is the ultimate and perfect Shepherd--He laid down His life for His sheep. This truth along with the promises of the resulting new covenant can and should bring us comfort, take away fear, and reassure us that we are lacking in nothing despite our circumstances.
The Lord is my d shepherd;
The Lord is my guide, lead, and rescuer,
I shall not e want.
therefore , I shall not want
He makes me lie down in green f pastures.
He makes me lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside still waters. 1
and he leads me beside still waters
He g restores my soul.
and he restores my soul
He h leads me in i paths of righteousness 1
and he leads me in paths of righteousness
for his j name’s sake.
for the sake of His name.
Even though I k walk through the valley of l the shadow of death, 1
Indeed even in the suffering/darkness of life on Earth,
I will m fear no evil,
I will fear no outcome
for n you are with me;
because You are with me (Psalm 27:1)
your o rod and your staff, they comfort me.
your Shepherding brings me comfort.
Shepherd = guide ( Psalm 78:52), lead (Psalm 80:1), [tend to, gather, carry, gently lead] (Isaiah 40:11), gather and keep (Jeremiah 31:10), [search, seek out, rescue, feed] (Ezekiel 34:11,12,23), lays down his life (John 10:11), how? through the blood of the covenant (Hebrews 13:20)
Unto His own Glory, God is our Shepherd, therefore we need nothing more.
Psalm 27:1 - The Lord is my light and my salvation; old of my life, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Even during suffering, I will trust in God and not be afraid, because He is with (leading/guiding/protecting) me.
Rod=used to protect flock from predators Staff=used for gentle correction/re-direction...for the good of the sheep