In high school I had to memorize Psalm 91 and it has stuck with me ever since, popping into my thoughts when circumstances arise that seem threatening. I’ve prayed Psalm 91:11 over my children at night and when they are frightened – “For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.” And then there’s always camping, when coyote howls or giant spiders lead me to verse 10 – “no evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent.” These are comforting words indeed.
But lately I see Psalm 91 in a different way.
Aside from Ephesians 6, Psalm 91 may be the most intense chapter on spiritual warfare in the entire Bible.
In the spirit realm – that world we cannot see but experience on a daily basis –the enemy sets traps for us and sends arrows our way, trying to pierce our hearts with discouragement. We see people dying all around us on the spiritual battlefield – giving in to Satan’s lies and schemes – but with God as our refuge we are safe. Angels lift us up away from demons that are just waiting to tempt us, waiting to take us down with thoughts of despair, deception, and envy.
Have you ever fallen into a spiritual pit? Do you feel like you’re surrounded on every side, with forces of darkness ready and willing to take you out?
Psalm 91 can give you strength and courage for the spiritual battle ahead. I have pasted it below. When you see words like fowler’s snare, pestilence (disease), terror of night, arrow that flies by day – think about the temptations that Satan puts in our paths, the disease of sin that none of us escape, those overwhelming feelings of dread that come during sleepless nights, and those darts to your heart from careless or mean words that make you suddenly angry or depressed. It’s a war — and we have a Mighty Fortress.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you make the Most High your dwelling– even the LORD, who is my refuge– then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”