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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

  • Shannon
    Yes. I have been the most fearful. I became born again 1975. 2017 God is delivering me. Ps 91 has been my go verse sinceway before 1975 because my borther 17 years older. Long story. Praise God.
  • A disciple
    Janice; Hi, Psalm 91 is so wonderful and comforting! Look at it also as the LORD's answer to Moses' prayer in Psalm 90. Read Psalm 90 carefully, and then keep reading through Psalm 91. The Lord bless you, Sister!
  • Janice
    The 91 psalms is I know the most powerful of all psalms I want to abide under GOD's Shadow no evil can come through
  • Sheila
    In the last few weeks i have learned that reading psalms 91 is a blessing to me. i have never been committed to reading but now i read it morning and night,i have faith,and i am protected by his angels the most high God is my refuge and only in him i trust.
  • Viola Simmons
    Reading Psalm 91 every night assures me that God is my protection. Praise God.
  • Evette miller
    Psalm 91 remained me that God loves me.
  • Boniface
    Vs 16: With long life will I satisfy thee, and show thee my salvation. This verse makes know that God cares to give me longevity of life, so long as I make Him my refuge.
  • A disciple
    Joseph; Your post got me thinking about, "How do I 'Make' the LORD my dwelling? I always find so much when I learn what words mean, even most common ones. For example, in Collins English Dictionary, one definition (transitive verb) of "MAKE;" "If you MAKE someone something, you appoint them to a particular job, role, or position." So we by our faith and love Appoint God to the Role and Position!

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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