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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

  • Usha Kiran
    When I read Psalm 91, I really feel protected. Dear Almighty God I love You. Dear God never forsake us but deliver us from all evil. Amen.
  • Jamella
    Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name....I feel in power and uplifted when I read Psalms 91...
  • Samantha
    Everytime I read psalms 91 i feel protected and i feel my family is very protected. I feel good when I read the bible and sing praise songs
  • Sarah Beekye
    I always feel safe because I know that I am under the shadow of the Almighty God. Amen
  • Evg Sis Tanzye G
    How often do you feel empty and we haven't sought the Lord for the answer. In Psalm 91 we know that all things have been worked out reading his word builds our faith enough to believe he brings the results He wants in our life as He protects and guides us. What a mighty God we serve!
  • Joann franklin
    The secret place is the place only God can find you so when you drell there your under his protection a place to no longer be anxiuos God is real
  • Lucia szymanik
    Psalm 91 is a perfect prayer for now and the times ahead. We will need God's Word when times grow worse in in the coming days. We especially need it for our families and the church body, also for our President.
  • Nell
    I read Psalm 91 every morning and every night. It's a Psalm of protection and I always ask God to keep my family and me covered under His feathers. God is REAL and will keep us from all hurt, harm, and danger if we trust Him and I trust Him.

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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