When I am afraid or sick. When I have doubts and feel under attack. When danger is near and I begin to falter. I pray Psalm 91 and trust in the Lord.This meditation helps empower all of us to trust in the Lord for our direct and beneficial blessing that only God can bestow. The more you dwell on these verses, the more your faith and trust will grow. Find your own secret place to dwell with the Lord.
Tips on reading Psalm 91
- Often it is beneficial to replace the generic pronouns with a personal pronoun or the name of the person you are praying for. (you can also replace gender pronouns appropriately)
- Read Psalm 91 regularly and keep your home bible open to it so others can read it. (especially the spirits)
- Eventually you should memorize it so you can pray it in the dark.
Divine Protection (v 1-12)
Psalm 91:1-12 New International Version (NIV)
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.
Verse 1–Dwell in the secret place of the Most High
‘Whoever‘ means anyone. There are no preconceived restrictions on God’s love. Anyone who loves God and obeys his commandments can benefit from the power of this Psalm. Jews who practice their religion and love God Most High are partakers in this covenant promise in the same way that Christians who love God and Jesus Christ and dwell in his presence.
Ask anyone and you will get various and different answers about what it means to ‘dwell in the secret place’. The important thing is to spend time with the Lord even before you get into trouble. This precondition to all the benefits is based on the Personal Covenant. It is a two way street of unconditional love.
- “I imagine myself in God’s temple kneeling at the altar rail with Jesus there placing both of his hands on my head. Sometimes I just imagine myself surrounded with soft feathers and God is holding me in his lap rocking me and comforting me.”
- “I think about all the good things God has done for me and with a thankful heart, I relax and just love Jesus.”
Verse 2 –My refuge and my fortress
When we are under attack, God himself defends us. We only have to run to him and he will scoop us up and protect us. These similes are military terms and represent defensive weapons and armor against real physical harm.
Verses 3-6 –Types of attacks that are defended against
- Fowler’s snare-any type of booby trap or generalized weapon of mass destruction, sniper,venomous creatures like snakes, spiders, scorpions, eels, jellyfish, stingrays
- Deadly pestilence-Communicable diseases like Ebola, Malaria, Yellow Fever, Flu, Anthrax, polio, any infection
- Terror of night-wild animals, boogeymen, monsters, SWAT
- Arrow by day-warfare, guns and bombs, torpedoes, missiles, traffic accidents
- Pestilence in darkness–bubonic plague, cancer
- Plague at midday-airborne diseases, gas attacks, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, Tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, snow storms, floods, mudslides, forest fires
Verse 9–no disaster will come near your tent
Here ‘tent’ refers to many things. Your body, your home, your car, boat, or airplane. Also it means your household. Everyone that lives with you, and everyone in your extended family (including friends you pray for) regardless of their state of grace.
When Abraham was talking with the angels on their way to Sodom and Gomorrah, he was pleading for the lives of his nephew Lot and his family, even though they were not righteous in their own right. Lot was under the protection of Abraham.
Genesis 19:29 New King James Version (NKJV)
29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot had dwelt.
Verses 11-12–Assigned Angels
Here is a direct reference to the powerful angelic beings who wage warfare against the enemies of darkness and provide active defense for your protection. They are very specific and do not consider any protection too trivial.
Some testimonies of divine protection
- A woman was driving in a snow storm and ran out of gas. A man pushed her car up a steep hill to a gas station and disappeared before the station attendant could see him.
- A deadly two-car collision was avoided by a sudden shift of space and time so that the cars did not collide, yet they did not swerve.
- A woman survived unharmed a direct hit of a tornado that destroyed her home. She prayed “Jesus, cover me with your blood.”
- An elderly man started to fall down steep steps and was suddenly pushed back to the landing by an ‘invisible force’.
This verse was used by the tempter when Jesus was tempted in the desert. Remember to not tempt the Lord your God. If you can find a non-angelic solution to avoiding disaster, take it.
Matthew 4:5-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’
‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”