I love Psalm 91. It’s my favorite scripture in the Bible because it’s the scripture of protection.
I’ve been a Christian since I was five, and I was baptized at the age of ten. Over the years, I’ve grown exponentially in my faith. I’ve also gone from high to low and everywhere in between. With that said, I’ve drawn closer in my journey with Christ over the past three years.
My mother always instilled prayers, and the main one we’d pray whenever we’d go out for the day was Psalm 91.
I didn’t appreciate the scripture during my younger years. I saw it as a habit to recite along with her as we drove somewhere, but the gravity of the words never hit.
More than ever before, however, I know the power the words hold. Psalm 91 is the protection scripture, and it holds true power in protection against the darkness.
What Psalm 91 Means
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress my God in whom I trust.”
He is our protection. If we stick with Him, He will be with us. The thing I’ve learned and heard from others is that God is a gentleman. He will NEVER force Himself to be in your life, so it’s your job to invite Him in. And He’s there waiting for you to do it, too. Trust Him. The whole world can fall around you, but it will “not come nigh your dwelling.”
3 Reasons Psalm 91 Is Important
- This is the scripture of protection. Dwell means to live in, and if you are under the shelter of God’s shadow, then you know, trust, and have faith that no matter what happens, He has you. Whether physical or emotional ailments, God can provide comfort under His wings. In a world filled with fear right now, we need to remember this more than ever. Covid-19, Coronavirus, lack of food, supplies, it doesn’t matter because God will protect you. Under His feathers you can trust.
- The scripture is known as the Solider’s Prayer. There’s a story that a Brigade commander in WWI gave a card with the scripture to his men. They prayed the scripture daily, and during one of the bloodiest battles they were involved in, miraculously, there were no casualties. Whether this story is true or not, it’s helped countless in keeping their faith that God is watching over them.
- When you read all of Psalm 91, you see exactly what God promises. We don’t have to fear because He will rescue us, protect us, answer us, be with us in trouble, deliver us… The scripture reminds us that we aren’t alone. During our hardships He will be with us because we love and call out to Him. He is our salvation.
Psalm 91 is full of power, wonder, might, and the love of God.
Read it, analyze it, roll it around in your mind. See if it makes a difference in the smallest of things. You can find the peace it and He can bring.
Ministry and preaching is not what I do, it’s who I am. He permiates my soul, and I want to help others to see Him within me, shining through.
However, I’m an imperfect Christian who is learning daily. I’m an imperfect Christian living in an imperfect world. But His Word, gets me through the trials and tribulations in my life. I trust in His wisdom, guidance, and help, and if someone can get a little freedom from Him, if God can use me to help others, then that’s a blessing in itself.
In an uncertain world, it’s important to keep this in your heart. Read the scripture first thing in the morning, and last thing at night. Read it with your loved ones.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”