Psalm 91: Praying Through The Psalms

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty (Ps. 91:1).

O God, we live in a frightful, broken world. The COVID-19 pandemic, political unrest, and violence on the streets have caused chaos, bitterness, and fear in our hearts. Lord, but I know that when we dwell in the shelter of the Most High, we will find rest and comfort for our soul. May our comfort, strength, and hope come from you alone.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust (Ps. 91:2).”

Lord, you shelter us from danger. Your strong right hand will keep us safe during our greatest trials. When we experience pain or loss of a loved one, we can count on your Holy Spirit to give us comfort and peace. As our fortress and mighty God, help us to trust in you.

Trust is a difficult action in today’s world. People are unfaithful, co-workers can talk behind our backs, and even those closest to us may not be completely honest with us. Whatever our situation, we know that you are faithful and loving. Your word promises never to leave us or forsake us. 

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 (Ps. 91:3-4). 

O Lord, save us from evil people. Protect us from deadly pestilences. The coronavirus is a real threat to many people, and we just ask for your protection. Once again, we know that you will cover us, shield us, and fight for us like a bird protecting their nest.

As Christians, we have a refuge infinitely greater than what the world can offer. The world may try to find shelter in material wealth, a career, or their own health, but this is a mistake. These things are fleeting. But you, O God, are eternal. You are steadfast and ever present in our time of need. Thank you for being a faithful God.

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 (Ps. 91:5-6)

Heavenly Father, we have no need to be afraid. There is nothing that can separate us from your love. Not darkness. Not the arrow that flies by day. Not sickness or plagues. This is comforting news.

Almighty God, when we do go through dark times, please be patient with us. We do know you are a solid rock, our firm foundation. But the circumstances of this world can distract us from the simple truth that you have always been there. You never leave our side. 

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 (Ps. 91:7-8)

Creator, many will not be able to stand in your holy presence. Their sin will cast them away because of their unwillingness to trust in Jesus, your Son. This is why you observe with your eyes and can see the punishment of the wicked.

It’s their sin that destroys them. I have heard it said that hell is locked on the inside. People choose to be there. They gnash their teeth because they would rather defy the living God than bow down and be saved. O God, if you are able to, rescue them from their insanity and show them your marvelous grace.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent (Ps. 91:9-10).  

Righteous King, you are my refuge. You are my fortress and solid rock. When tribulations try to knock me down, I rely on your strength to get me through it all. I know no harm will overtake me. Even if I go through the harshest circumstances, your Holy Spirit will be there to comfort me.

I also know no disaster will overtake me. And even when I face adversity, I know I can pray to you. I am confident you hear my prayer. Thanks for being a God who listens. Thanks for being a God of unconditional love. 

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 on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent (Ps. 91:11-13).

O Lord, what a wonderful truth. You have powerful angelic beings guarding us. When enemies come to destroy us, heaven’s army is there to protect us. Even if they try to lift up their hands against us, we will not strike our feet against a stone. No one can hurt our soul. 

The adversary may try all he wants, but you have safeguarded us from his evil schemes. You have already trampled on that serpent. He may have bruised the heel of the messiah, but you crushed his head. Death had no sting over Jesus. Satan failed to thwart your perfect plan. Praise be to God! 

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name (Ps. 91:14).

Lord, I love you. I am not ashamed of your name. I will shout your name Jesus on the rooftops so that everyone will know you are King and Savior. I am confident you will rescue me, protect me, and guard me from those who resist your truth.

He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life, I will satisfy him and show him my salvation (Ps. 91:15-16).

King of glory, when I call on you, you will hear me and answer me. Whenever I am in trouble, I know you will deliver me. You even honor my name and desire to satisfy me with your goodness. Greatest of all, you have given me salvation. 

Salvation from my own sin and covetous heart. Salvation from the schemes of the world and evil that dishonors your name. You have saved me from my fleshly desires and strengthened my spirit to conform into the image of your Son. O God, the greatest gift you give is You. My chief reason for existence is to glorify you and enjoy you forever. May you be worshiped in my heart today and forevermore. Amen.

Chad A. Damitz

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