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1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Commentary for Psalms 91

The safety of those who have God for their refuge. (1-8) Their favour with Him. (9-16)

1-8 He that by faith chooses God for his protector, shall find all in him that he needs or can desire. And those who have found the comfort of making the Lord their refuge, cannot but desire that others may do so. The spiritual life is protected by Divine grace from the temptations of Satan, which are as the snares of the fowler, and from the contagion of sin, which is a noisome pestilence. Great security is promised to believers in the midst of danger. Wisdom shall keep them from being afraid without cause, and faith shall keep them from being unduly afraid. Whatever is done, our heavenly Father's will is done; and we have no reason to fear. God's people shall see, not only God's promises fulfilled, but his threatenings. Then let sinners come unto the Lord upon his mercy-seat, through the Redeemer's name; and encourage others to trust in him also.

9-16 Whatever happens, nothing shall hurt the believer; though trouble and affliction befal, it shall come, not for his hurt, but for good, though for the present it be not joyous but grievous. Those who rightly know God, will set their love upon him. They by prayer constantly call upon him. His promise is, that he will in due time deliver the believer out of trouble, and in the mean time be with him in trouble. The Lord will manage all his worldly concerns, and preserve his life on earth, so long as it shall be good for him. For encouragement in this he looks unto Jesus. He shall live long enough; till he has done the work he was sent into this world for, and is ready for heaven. Who would wish to live a day longer than God has some work to do, either by him or upon him? A man may die young, yet be satisfied with living. But a wicked man is not satisfied even with long life. At length the believer's conflict ends; he has done for ever with trouble, sin, and temptation.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 91

  • Alicia Radford
    LaTonya what a powerful scripture Psalms 91
    When my mom was in the hospital and nursing home I wrote Psalms 91 on a big white poster board in bold letters so my mom could read it. I truly believe that it protected her also when i was away. Also, my mom before she got sick told me that she couldn't go to sleep until she read psalms 91 so i believe God was building up her faith and preparing her.
  • LaTonya Neal
    I chose to become a CNA at the age of 28 because I wanted to learn how to care for my loved ones in their sickness and old age. One of my patients had psalms 91 posted on the wall in her room. Her daughter noted that it was to protect her mother when she was away from the nursing home. I am 40 now working in case management for people with I/DD. I meditate on Psalm 91 daily for assurance.
  • Busola
    Verse 5 and 6 reassures us (children/congregration) of God's security during the night when we are not aware of what is going on or the day time when we are moving around. God is always there to protect us from all dangers and situations. when i read it it relaxes m6 mind and i enjoy the experience.
  • June Mitchell
    I love this Psalmist! It was used at my father's funeral. I have been reading it off and on for over 20 years.
    I find comfort in reading it know that if I stay/ dwell with Jesus, he will protect me from all hurt, harm and danger! He has promised to be our refuge and strength. Not only that, but as I near my 65th bday, I love he promises us that he will satisfy us with Long life!
    Thank you Jesus
  • MIKAEL
    Even in the most magic or dangerous territories, I feel fully secured by reading the Psalm.
  • CHILD OF GOD
    MY MOTHER ALWAYS TOLD ME TO READ PSALM 91 FOR PROTECTION FROM GOD..I HAVE BEEN READING IT NOW FOR YEARS...I DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT READING IT...VERY VERY POWERFUL!!!

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Bible Trivia

In the New Testament, which figure quoted several Psalm 91 verses, beginning with 'For he shall give his angels charge over thee'?
  • Jesus
  • Mary
  • Peter
  • Satan
  • Paul