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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

  • BSP
    Verses 1,2~The secret place is where no one or no thing can rob us of our love for Jehovah God. It’s secret because unbelievers can’t understand it. The key of getting into the secret place is humility and trust in Jehovah.
  • R. Rosales
    One of the most powerful Psalms in all of Scripture. I memorized it a long time ago, and pray it daily. I strongly recommend it to all who are going through the gauntlet of temptation and attacks from the Adversary and his agents. The immortal and truly Awesome name that is above every name of Jesus, even Emmanuel God-With-Us and Psalm 91 will protect you and deliver you indeed. Blessings!
  • Teta Gbeen
    From my reading this morning, I truly understood that I shall defeat the enemy, and my God has promised me to protect me through these trick of the enemy. He also make a confident with me that we will send his angel to be in charge of my life, and never allow the wicked to succeed in Jesus name Amen.
  • Sharon Guest
    I will believe and have faith in the Lord. When I am being troubled or in distress I will put everything in the Lords hands. I will not let the devil use me. I know I can be a better woman with my Lord and Savior help. I pray Father please help me be a better person, in Jesus name.
  • Tush-tee
    I love psalm I have fought many battles on my knees with this psalm.
  • A disciple
    Hi Sylvia; Try reading Psalm 90, and then continuing the meditation into Psalm 91. The first being a Prayer of a man of God, and the answer from heaven to all our experience and longing after God, given in the second. Here also I found a deeper understanding in how important the Lord's answer to the devil when He was being tempted, and the devil misused this great word; puts all in perspective.
  • Patricia Jones
    I love Psalms 91 it more of a up lift to me I read it every day mornings on my lunch break and before I go to sleep at nite
  • Sylvia
    Reading this Psalm gives me the motivation to live under the shadow of the Almighty, to believe that I am looked after. God has shown me that everyday life can be enjoyed while believing the Almighty one is looking after me.

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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