I'm coming to realize that each reassurance and each claim on the Lord's goodness has an implication. We must expect to face great need in this life -- otherwise, why would we have the promise of His provision?
There will be times when I need to lie down somewhere quiet, when my greatest need will be to rest.
My soul will never need restoring for the last time, not in this lifetime. I am neither unbreakable nor irreparable.
There will always be more than one possible path, and I will need guidance to recognize which is the righteous one. It will be an act of self-denial and submission to choose this path. It will not be the popular path.
I will pass more than once through valleys of deep darkness in mortality's shadow. Where there is physical life, death must follow. I need to know how to face grief, and how to accept my own life's inevitable end.
There will always be evil, and with it always something to fear.
I will not outgrow the need to be corrected or redirected.
I will never be so strong that I don't need to be defended.
I will not outgrow the need to feel comforted.
There will always be an enemy (or enemies) and I must choose to pray for each one. This will be difficult, and in their presence I will need to be nourished.
And then, in the face of overwhelming need, I see my Shepherd.
My Shepherd calls me by name, and I know His voice. My Shepherd is near, has anointed my head with His own hand, and though my location may change, my place in His household will not. When I meet grief, fear, and error, I can look behind me every time and see His goodness and lovingkindness. I will look behind and see that in my greatest poverty of spirit, He gave me Himself, and that was enough.
The Lord is my Shepherd. I have everything I need.