Main point summary
Despite the world and evils that surround us, and despite our weakness and waywardness, God brings us to Himself, God keeps us to Himself, God anoints us for Himself, and our fully-satisfying portion is Him, in Him, and with Him, forever.
The Lord is my d shepherd;
The Lord is my protector, keeper, sustainer and provider
I shall not e want.
THEREFORE, I want for nothing
He makes me lie down in green f pastures.
IN OTHER WORDS, He provides me rest
He leads me beside still waters. 1
AND He provides me peace
He g restores my soul.
WHAT I MEAN IS, He brings me back to who I was supposed to be
He h leads me in i paths of righteousness 1
WHICH results in seeing His righteousness and being righteous
for his j name’s sake.
FOR THE PURPOSE OF sanctifying/blessing His Holy Name!
Even though I k walk through the valley of l the shadow of death, 1
THEREFORE, EVEN if I may face perilous situations or even if I die.
I will m fear no evil,
Nothing shall alter my confidence in my Shepherd
for n you are with me;
BECAUSE He is faithful and steadfast to His sheep
your o rod
IN OTHER WORDS, He defends me when I am in danger
and your staff,
AND He guides me back when I go astray
they comfort me.
THEREFORE, I can rest with full assurance that He is always for me.
You p prepare a table before me
AS A RESULT of His being with me and protection over me, he gives me everything that I might need
in q the presence of my enemies;
DESPITE being surrounded by my enemies
you r anoint my head with oil;
AND He calls me as a king to His royal table
my s cup overflows.
WHICH RESULTS IN an overflowing amount of satisfaction!
Surely 1 goodness and mercy 2 shall follow me
God's goodness and mercy are apparent and are the fruit in every circumstance
all the days of my life,
EVERY day of my life!
and I shall t dwell 3 in the house of the Lord u forever. 4
AND THE RESULT of God's shepherding is already and not yet - I see the providence of God now (I dwell in His presence), but one day, I shall look upon the face of my Lord, and He shall be my strength and portion forever and ever.
How do I have perfect confidence that goodness and mercy will follow? Because I know that my God leads.