1 He who takes refuge in the shelter of the Most High
will be safe in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 He will say to the Eternal, “My shelter, my mighty fortress,
my God, I place all my trust in You.”
3 For He will rescue you from the snares set by your enemies who entrap you
and from deadly plagues.
4 Like a bird protecting its young, God will cover you with His feathers,
will protect you under His great wings;
His faithfulness will form a shield around you, a rock-solid wall to protect you.
5 You will not dread the terrors that haunt the night
or enemy arrows that fly in the day
6 Or the plagues that lurk in darkness
or the disasters that wreak havoc at noon.
7 A thousand may fall on your left,
ten thousand may die on your right,
but these horrors won’t come near you.
8 Only your eyes will witness
the punishment that awaits the evil,
but you will not suffer because of it.
9 For you made the Eternal [your][a] refuge,
the Most High your only home.
10 No evil will come to you;
plagues will be turned away at your door.
11 He will command His heavenly messengers to guard you,
to keep you safe in every way.
12 They will hold you up in their hands
so that you will not crash, or fall, or even graze your foot on a stone.[b]
13 You will walk on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the lion and the serpent underfoot.
14 “Because he clings to Me in love,
I will rescue him from harm;
I will set him above danger.
Because he has known Me by name,
15 He will call on Me, and I will answer.
I’ll be with him through hard times;
I’ll rescue him and grant him honor.
16 I’ll reward him with many good years on this earth
and let him witness My salvation.”
Psalm 91 proclaims security and victory for God’s people. The New Bible Commentary says;
“Some threats lie in wait for us, some sneak up insidiously; some are our own dreads, real or imaginary, some reflect hostility; some, again, we meet on life’s pathway. Life is like that, but simple trust brings us into a place of strong defense, the personal warmth of divine care, pledged defense and a host of heavenly guardians every step of the way.”
We are protected, and safely held in the arms of God, but we will inevitably be impacted by the world.
The writer of Psalm 91 isn’t saying that we will be invincible, but God’s power trumps the curse of sin. Jesus defeated death and gives us the choice to embrace freedom in the presence of God. He does not want us to be overtaken by fear. Fear reveals how we are relying on our own efforts and not trusting our Savior. Psalm 91 encourages us to find our refuge in God even before we experience the fulfillment of all of God’s promises.
When trouble comes do we look for answers in people, things, systems, or government?
Or, do we pause, and turn our trust and emotions over to our sovereign God, who commands an army of angels on our behalf? Or do we like Paul who prayed for God to remove a thorn in his life, proclaim that we are confident in our weakness because of the sufficiency of God's grace.
2 Corinthians 12:9 The Voice 9 and finally He said to me, “My grace is enough to cover and sustain you. My power is made perfect in weakness.” So ask me about my thorn, inquire about my weaknesses, and I will gladly go on and on—I would rather stake my claim in these and have the power of the Anointed One at home within me.
Yet, he proclaimed in his letter to the Corinthian church what the Lord said to him: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). We are eternally secure in the arms of our Father through the salvation we receive in Jesus Christ.