February 6. 2019

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge— no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot. “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”- Psalm 91:1-16 ESV


This Psalm, most likely written by Moses: In the whole collection of Psalms there is not a more cheering Psalm, its tone is elevated and sustained throughout, faith is at its best, and speaks nobly. A German physician was wont to speak of it as the best preservative in times of cholera, and in truth, it is a heavenly medicine against plague and pest. He who can live in its spirit will be fearless. – (Biblestudytools.com commentary) In popular culture Psalm 91 is known as the Soldier’s Psalm or Soldier’s Prayer. Bandannas imprinted with the Psalm have been distributed to US troops. Over the years, secular artists like Sinead O’Connor, Enya, Canadian metal band Cryptosy, Brazilian-American band Soulfly and Jerry Garcia- even Madonna, have used verses or referenced this psalm, in their music.
Leader, Psalm 91 is also highly revered in Judaism. According to Wikipedia: Psalm 91 is recited during the Pesukei Dezimra in the Shabbat, Yom Tov, and Hoshana Rabbah morning services. It is also recited after the evening prayer on Motza’ei Shabbat and during the nightly Bedtime Shema. In each of these prayers, verse 16 is said twice. According to Machzor Vitry, the verse is doubled to complete the spelling of a name of God. Psalm 91 is recited seven times during a burial ceremony. As the casket bearers approach the grave, they stop every few feet, repeating the psalm. In the case of the burial of a woman, the casket bearers do not stop the procession, but they do repeat the psalm seven times. Verse 11 of the psalm is recited after the liturgical poem Shalom Aleichem at the Friday night meal. Psalm 91 is often recited as a prayer for protection. Some say it before embarking on a journey. Psalm 91 reminds us of God’s omnipotence!
Conduit, even the Devil himself quotes this psalm. In the temptation of Christ in Mathew 4:6 and Luke 4:10-11, the Devil attempts to deceive Christ with verses 11 and 12. We need to remind ourselves in tough, troubled times who is in charge! Either God is the Master of the Universe and nothing happens without, at the least, His permissive will- or He is not and the whole thing is a lie! In Acts 27 Paul went from a prisoner to basically being the Captain of the ship, in turbulent times, because he knew this Psalm and He knew that God is in control! Whether it is Psalm 91 or John 3:16, or Jeremiah 29:11- we need to KNOW the WORD of GOD, REMEMBER the WORD OF GOD and BELIEVE the WORD OF GOD! For without Faith it is impossible to please God and without FAITH the storms of life can destroy our boats and our HOPES!

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