God lead us into them, and lead us on in them.
Death is a king of terrors, but not to the sheep of Christ. It is a walk through it: they shall not be lost in this valley, but get safe to the mountain on the other side. The first verse of the Psalm ascribes authorship to King Davidsaid in the Hebrew Scriptures to have been a field shepherd himself as a youth.
These were raucous in order to demoralize hostiles camped within earshot, and only the king ate from a table. It is but the shadow of death: the shadow of a serpent will not sting, nor the shadow of a sword kill. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; In Psalm 23 David also portrays the Lord as a gracious host.
Douglas MacMillan argues that verse 5 "Thou preparest a table before me" refers to the "old oriental shepherding practice" of using little raised tables to feed sheep. For example, King Hammurabiin the conclusion to his famous legal code, wrote: "I am the shepherd who brings well-being and abundant prosperity; my rule is just Are we blessed with the green pastures of the ordinances, let us not think it enough to pass through them, but let us abide in them.
Shepherds use tools rod and staff to lead and guide their sheep. The work of righteousness in peace. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.