Nevermind, it was the whole thing.
In short, the entire passage illustrates many ways we can rest assured our needs are met by the Lord, our Good Shepherd. Something I need to dwell on more often (meaning, all the time).
When I started my latest exploration into Psalm 23, I had to grab A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller off my bookshelf once again. Being the perfect blend of poetry and simplicity, Psalm 23 certainly stands alone and doesn't need any additional commentary to be understood or appreciated. However, Keller's book provides profound insights that could only come from a shepherd. While the truths he shares run deep, his candor in writing makes these truths easily understood. It's a classic gem that I cannot recommend highly enough and I am sure a good amount of his quotes will be shared in this series. Which brings us to some closing thoughts for today's post:
"It is significant that [for sheep] to be at rest there must be a definite sense of freedom from fear, tension, aggravations and hunger. The unique aspect of the pictures is that it is only the sheepman himself who can provide release from these anxieties..."
"...Then in the midst of our misfortunes there suddenly comes the awareness that He, the Christ, the Good Shepherd is there. It makes all the difference. His presence in the pictures throws a different light on the whole scene. Suddenly things are not half so black nor nearly so terrifying. The outlook chances and there is hope. I find myself delivered from fear. Rest returns and I can relax." (Phillip Keller, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23)