Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Our warrior-herdsman is wobbled by this valley.
Elsewhere lions and wild bears are not a problem for him, but here, is the possibility of real fear.
Connecting death with evil goes back to Eve in the garden, death following disobedience.
It smacks of judgement.
This old enemy death is neutralized here, because you, my shepherd, are on my side.
rods and staffs are shepherd tools to touch and steer, making sheep aware.
To be actually aware that Christ stepped in to shield us from
the results of our own disobedience is a terrific comfort.
The willingness of Christ at the cross reveals His love to us.
At the same time love persuades us to keep in the good paths,
it is not fear that controls us it is love, that is very different
You are with me, You comfort me.