Day 19 – Psalm 91 – Under the Mercy

I. Read Psalm 91.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,
    who abides in the shadow of the Almighty,
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 refuge,[a]
    the Most High your habitation,
10 no evil shall befall you,
    no scourge come near your tent.

11 For he will give his angels charge of you
    to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder,
    the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

14 Because he cleaves to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
    and show him my salvation.

Introduction – What do you worry about? What do you fear? This psalm describes the peace that comes from resting in God’s protection. God shelters his people like a bird who spreads it’s wings over it’s chicks to keep them from prey. Those who trust in God should not fear, night or day. The Lord is our God. Verse 11 is part of Satan’s temptation of Christ and the psalm has a Messianic quality after these verses. In verse 14, voice of the psalm moves from the writer to God, Himself, speaking. God promises that he will deliver, protect and always be with his people in their troubles. He promises and answer those who call out to him, and promises to send his salvation. Nothing happens beyond God’s power and God’s purpose. The Father’s care for the Son which led to Christ’s resurrection and ascension is a pattern for us to remember. God does promise deliverance in the first place to Jesus and through His deliverance, we are all to be fully delivered in the resurrection.

Reflect on this Psalm with these questions.

  1. Taking this Psalm to heart, when you are in trouble, what should you do?
  2. In the past few weeks have you faced trouble or hardship? How did you respond?
  3. How might thinking about God’s protecting care in Christ change how you responded to your hardships? Based on this how will you deal with the next problem?
  4. Give praise to God since He will ultimately deliver you through Christ in resurrection.

II. Pray Psalm 91. Use these thoughts and ideas to write a prayer with Psalm 91.

III. Sing Psalm 91. Listen to or download this Genevan version of Psalm 91.


About Gregg Strawbridge

Rev. Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D. is the pastor of All Saints Church (CREC) in Lancaster, PA.
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