Like a shepherd, the Lord is our provision and protection. Apart from Him there is nothing that we need or desire. He provides for us not only adequately but in abundance, like a shepherd who leads his flock to the pastures of green grass. He leads us out of the turbulent waters of turmoil and stress of daily life to quiet our hearts and to drink of the peaceful, quiet water of His presence. He restores us when we come to the end of ourselves, realizing we cannot do it ourselves, and causing us to turn to Him. When we are willing to follow in submission to His will, He is faithful to guide our lives and will always lead us according to a righteous and holy life, to do what is right and that which glorifies Him.
Not only does He feed and nurture us, care for us and lead us, but He also protects us when we go through times of need. One who has a genuine, intimate relationship with the Lord can walk through the “valley of the shadow of death” without fear. Even in the presence of personal attacks, ridicule, and confrontation with those who would cause us harm, our confidence is in the fact that the Lord is with us. He will protect us by the anointing of His hand upon us and will even flaunt His blessings as a testimony to our enemies.
Walking daily in a trust relationship with the Lord is the source of blessings that overflow in abundance. We can be confident His mercy and goodness will go with us all the days of our life. He will never leave us or forsake us. Our eternal security is guaranteed. We will dwell with Him forever, not because of our own goodness and righteousness but because we are His sheep and our trust is in Him.