Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life
Sheep are rather deficient in the teeth and claw department.
therefore an enclosure to protect the vulnerable is needful.
Later in the gospels Jesus imagines a sheepfold and says he is like a door.
Likening us to sheep, God is suggesting we have an inboard weakness.
Maybe we have an overdeveloped belief that we are masters of our own destiny.
Confident that we can secure life by effort.
Earlier in the Psalm we were led, suggesting God in front of us.
Now goodness and love follow, a rearguard protection.
A backup of provisions and support
All through the Psalm is the enclosure of love.
now that could sound suffocating,
but never when love is mutual.