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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

  • Paulette
    This is a very powerful Psalm showing how much the child of God is loved, favored, and protected by GOD. He assigns angels to guide and protect his children. God even said if we abide in him, we will always be in his shadow, his very presence where the devil can do us no harm. Furthermore, those who love God and are totally committed to Him will be exalted, honored, and given long life.
    This Psalm is very powerful. It always reminds me that God is always there with me in good times and bad times. When I'm feeling down I always feel rejuvenated after reading Psalm 91. I a always glad that God loves us everyday and that we are always assured of his protection. God is my greatest love.
  • Gail Green
    Psalms 91 is very encourageing it is the word of Lord to be strenghing
  • Pamela zuckerman
    Psalm 91 promises Gods protection in all circumstances. It gives me huge peace and co fort...knowing Gld is with me day and night. I peaceful times and through every storm. GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE ME OR FORSAKE ME. Father God watches over me..everywhere...my whole life. I call on Him...and he answers me! I am so THANKFUL for Jesus!
  • Pamela zuckerman
    God has provided for us unbelievable comfort in this psalm...in times of trouble...we are safe...under the shadow of his wings...we have absolutely nothing to fear...we are protected by God in all circumstances...like a mother bird cares for her babies...so GOD watches over you and me...his children. GOD is not a liar...what he has declared for us is TRUE! We need to rejoice and be glad...
  • Omeni vivian ngozi
    psalm 91 is all about trusting god in everything your are doing. He is our defender,healer,provider and our sustainer.

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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