Psalm 91: You Are Safe in the Lord
Updated: Mar 26
Those who go to God Most High for safety will be protected by the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God and I trust you.” God will save you from hidden traps and from deadly diseases. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you can hide. His truth will be your shield and protection. (Psalm 1-4 NCV)
There are many promises in Psalm 91. To receive safety and protection from the Most High, we need to go to Him. In our times of distress and chaos, we need to go to Him. Going to God is very simple, like a child who runs to His loving daddy, our Father in Heaven is there to protect us. Once we have gone to the Him, we need to communicate with Him. There is no formula to follow in prayer, however, in this verse we are encouraged to say, "You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God and I trust you." In declaring this truth, something happens in our body, soul, and spirit. Our mind, will, and emotions have an opportunity to come into agreement with the truth that He is our place of safety and protection. He will meet each of us right where we are.
In this Psalm, God promises to save us from hidden traps and deadly diseases. During this COVID-19 Pandemic, or any time really, we need to go directly to God. He is the one who promises to protect and save us. He is our Savior. Jesus told us to pick up our cross and follow Him. Jesus was so close to His Father that He told his disciples he only did what He saw His Father doing. To see what our Father is doing, we need to be close to Him. We need to be talking to Him and listening to Him.
The promises continue:
You will not fear any danger by night or an arrow during the day. You will not be afraid of diseases that come in the dark or sickness that strikes at noon. At your side one thousand people may die, or even ten thousand right beside you, but you will not be hurt. You will only watch and see the wicked punished. The Lord is your protection; you have made God Most High your place of safety. Nothing bad will happen to you; no disaster will come to your home. He has put his angels in charge of you to watch over you wherever you go. They will catch you in their hands so that you will not hit your foot on a rock. You will not fear any danger by night or an arrow during the day. You will not be afraid of diseases that come in the dark or sickness that strikes at noon. At your side one thousand people may die, or even ten thousand right beside you, but you will not be hurt. You will only watch and see the wicked punished. The Lord is your protection; you have made God Most High your place of safety. Nothing bad will happen to you; no disaster will come to your home. He has put his angels in charge of you to watch over you wherever you go. They will catch you in their hands so that you will not hit your foot on a rock. You will walk on lions and cobras; you will step on strong lions and snakes. (Psalm 5-13 NCV)
In the above scripture, God has given us promises. We have to decide if we are going to go to God and believe His promises, or are we going to believe the fear in the present world. We can choose to walk by faith or by fear. There are precautions we need to take in this time in history. As we take those necessary precautions, we care choosing to love others as well.
(Jesus said,) “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31 ESV)
The Lord says, “Whoever loves me, I will save. I will protect those who know me. They will call to me, and I will answer them. I will be with them in trouble; I will rescue them and honor them. I will give them a long, full life, and they will see how I can save.” (Psalm 91:14-16 NCV)
During this time of uncertainty, there is one thing for sure. God loves you. God desires a relationship with you. He will cover you with His feathers and provide a place for you to hide. God will strengthen you to adjust to new daily activities in the midst of COVID-19, if you choose to go to Him and press into loving and abiding in Him.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1 NIV)
As you "Shelter in Place", remember your true SHELTER is in THE SHADOW OF THE MOST HIGH.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. (James 1:2-3 TLV)
Scripture is very clear. We will all face trials in our life. However, trials can catapult us into greater faith and endurance.
We encourage you to read and pray through Psalm 91. Claim the promises of God hidden in this scripture. Turn the promises into declarations. Read it again and again until this scripture becomes truth in your life. God is a constant source of help in a changing world.
Go to Him. Talk to Him. Seek His face. Rest in Him.
Always remember, He loves you. He is waiting to meet with you.