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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

  • Tanya Grant
    I thanks god for this pray every day it makes no that's everything going to be all right for me that day god is good
  • Patricia
    This Psalms is indeed my Rock! I lean and depend on this as my guide and my protection throughout my entire life my mother who is now 94 has taught me of God's protection! I thank you For for your protection and I thank you for a mother who taught me of your love and shelter.
  • Yolanda
    god is my protector from all evel protector and comfort with him we have evry thing and withour god we do not have anything
  • Patti
    Psalm 91 truly identifies my devotion to Jesus. When I read about school shootings,terrorist attacks, etc., I am most affected by environmental destruction, animal, and children tragedies. Bless them dear Lord, send your mighty angels to protect them from harm. Amen.
  • Janet Taylor
    My God is my comforter he never leaves me. He's the God of the good times and the God of the bad times. Sometimes I Feel like he's not there, but he is. Right now I feel like I'm in the valley but I know he's with me. It doesn't feel like it. He loves us more than we can comprehend. Praise to our Lord.
  • Anita
    Psalms 91 is my peace in the midst of every day life's battles that my Lord is above any and all covering our children,providing for us,our comfort,shelter . I BELIEVE in my Lord his word says it all. In the name of Jesus,bless all reader's,the sick,poor ,helpless, lost.
  • DigitallyAgapeGod
    Knowing that God is my strong tower, the righteous run into Him and they are saved. That's why I am going to stay in his Secret Place, so I can hide away and talk to him all day. I love you God for you are my Big big Father, and I feel so safe in you! As I pray this for my family and loved ones, I'm sure that they feel it too. This brings me to: His banner over me is Love, by the Word of God!
  • Chandra singh
    Thank you lord Jesus for accepting me as your child I will accept you as my personal lord and savior. Bring my children close to you so they could honor and serve you even in my tears and pain I thank you Lord I feel so alone I know Godvis all I have bring worlds peace love and togetherness to all

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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