Psalm 91 (ICB), a well loved and oft repeated psalm of refuge and protection throughout the centuries, one I have spent many a struggle professing; because sometimes it’s important to be reminded that I have a protector that can be trusted and that I am not alone:
1Those who go to God Most High for safety
will be protected by God All-Powerful.
2I will say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety and protection.
You are my God, and I trust you.”
Yesappa, I trust you. You are faithful. You are full of power. You are above all. Even in the midst of danger and trials, you can be counted on to protect me as your beloved child.
3God will save you from hidden traps
and from deadly diseases.
4He will protect you like a bird
spreading its wings over its young.
His truth will be like your armor and shield.
You outstretch Your massive arms over me acting as my covering. My Savior and Giver of Truth rescue me from that which seeks to trap and destroy me. Be my armor. Be my shield in the midst of my trials.
5You will not fear any danger by night
or an arrow during the day.
6You will not be afraid of diseases that come in the dark
or sickness that strikes at noon.
Make me brave and give me courage to face the dangers that come into my life by day and by night. Remove fear that tries to control me. Remove sin that tries to defeat me. Remove illness that tries to snuff my life.
7At your side 1,000 people may die,
or even 10,000 right beside you.
But you will not be hurt.
8You will only watch what happens.
You will see the wicked punished.
It doesn’t matter what happens around me, the destruction, the despair. My focus is on You. My understanding acknowledges Your judgement and rejoices at Your redemption, Your grace, Your mercy as I turn toward You, as I look at Your face.
9The Lord is your protection.
You have made God Most High your place of safety.
10Nothing bad will happen to you.
No disaster will come to your home.
11He has put his angels in charge of you.
They will watch over you wherever you go.
12They will catch you with their hands.
And you will not hit your foot on a rock.
13You will walk on lions and cobras.
You will step on strong lions and snakes.
I can walk without fear into the scariest of situations, the most dangerous circumstances and I am assured of Your care for me. I can be certain that You will never leave me nor forsake me. I can be firm in my belief that Your arms are a place of strength and safety.
14The Lord says, “If someone loves me, I will save him.
I will protect those who know me.
15They will call to me, and I will answer them.
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue them and honor them.
16I will give them a long, full life.
They will see how I can save.”
I love You Lord and I know that You Love me more than I can ever imagine. I call to You for help and You are there. You listen to my prayers. You give me answers, solutions to my problems. You put Your hedge around me, enveloping me in Your arms. You strengthen me. You encourage me. You give me life.
Thank You for being my refuge and my fortress. In Jesus’ name. Amen.