There are many Bible verses about protection and safety that we can use to cover ourselves and our loved ones in prayer during the storms in life.
I like to think of God’s protection like a wide umbrella that shields and shelters us from the rain. That reminds me of a time when we were at the beach.
We were all ready for a fun-filled day. The field trip group I traveled with came ready with beach balls, sand buckets, and picnic blankets. But as soon as we arrived, we were in for a disappointing surprise. Rain! None of us were prepared for the downpour that met us with unrelenting force.
No one had heard rain was in the forecast for that day. We had no raincoats or umbrellas. Just the open sky and sheets of rain that blurred the sight of the water and waves. So we did the only thing we could: run for cover!
We all piled beneath a nearby gazebo. Sheltered from the rain and soaking wet, we laughed to ourselves.
Life sometimes has a way of “getting us wet” when we least expect it.
But we can always find shelter from the storm in the refuge of our Father.
That day in the rain reminded me of the garments of protection we have in him.
The garments our beautiful Savior offers us are not only clothing of comfort and warmth, but of power and protection. Our garments are full of brilliant splendor and the strength of a warrior’s armor.
When we put on the clothing of Christ, we put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10).
His garments protect us and shield us from life’s hard blows and the deceitful schemes of the enemy. Like David wrote in Psalm 5, the Lord is our refuge and strength; a mighty tower and hiding place.
When the storms of life rage on around us, we are kept safe; hidden beneath the shield of his favor and love. God’s protection is like a wide canopy spread over us, shielding his beloved children from the scorching sun or thundering rain.
“Spread your protection over them…” (Psalm 5:11)
God’s Protection Over Us from the Story of Ruth
God’s protection also reminds me of Ruth’s words to Boaz. He was a close relative of her mother-in-law Naomi.
Because he was a kinsman, he was in a position as a wealthy single man to marry Ruth—a widowed woman left without the provision and protection of a husband.
“Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer” (Ruth 3:9)
You may know the rest of the story. Boaz covered Ruth with the spiritual garment of his protection and married her. Their son became a thread in the tapestry of Jewish history that led to the lineage of Jesus, the Messiah.
Jesus is our Redeemer. He bought us back from the captivity of our sin, and spread his garment of love over us. He covers us with his blessing, kindness, and grace.
He wraps us in his clothing of protection, and surrounds us with his favor like a mighty shield. Now we can rejoice and sing of his great love forever! Girded with the strength of his protective armor, we can sing the joyful, melodious praises of his glorious deliverance.
Bible Verses about Protection and Safety: God as our Shield
Here are some Bible verses that talk about God’s protection and safety. The verses in this first section refer to God as our shield. A shield is defined as a large piece of metal, held by straps or a handle attached on one side, used as protection against blows from an enemy (source).
In Ephesians 6:16, we are instructed to take up the shield of faith, which serves as protection against the flaming arrows of the evil one. Praise God that we can find refuge, strength and protection through him as our shield!
You can also download a FREE printable with these Bible verses about protection and safety at the end of this post!
But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Psalm 3:3
Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:11-12
My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart. Psalm 7:10
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20
I just love this verse because I love the image of God’s favor and love surrounding us like a mighty shield. Psalm 33:20
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7
Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid. Psalm 35:2
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7
Oh how comforting it is to know that God is our hiding place! No matter what storms come in our lives, we can always go to God–our fortress, strong tower, and hiding place.
You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. Psalm 18:35-36
I am so thankful that God broadens our path, and makes our way straight. He will strengthen our feet for his kingdom purposes and provide us with his protection.
You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked…Psalm 12:7
You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Psalm 119:114
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 59:16
Look on our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one. Psalm 84:9
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Psalm 84:11
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4
All you Israelites, trust in the Lord— he is their help and shield. Psalm 115:9
You who fear him, trust in the Lord— he is their help and shield. Psalm 115:11
Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle. Psalm 140:7
Bible Verses about Protection and Safety: God is our Refuge
Not only is God our shield of strength, but he is our refuge and fortress. A refuge is defined as a shelter or protection from danger or distress (source). God is our shelter, protection, strong tower, and place of safety. During the storms of life, he keeps us safe in his strong dwelling!
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24
The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned. Psalm 34:22
May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you. Psalm 25:21
These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. Psalm 42:4
Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy. Psalm 64:1
May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word. Psalm 119:74
He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. Psalm 144:2
Bible Verses about Protection and Safety from the Evil One
Satan is referred to as the “evil one” in Scripture. Though he attempts to steal, kill and destroy God’s people, we can rest assured that God’s hand of protection will shield and shelter us from his evil schemes. May these following Scriptures remind us that we are secure in the arms of our Father!
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. John 17:15
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
1 John 2:13-14
We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 1 John 5:18
Bible Verses about Protection and Safety from Evildoers
Not only does God protect us from the evil one, but the Scriptures below are about how he protects us from people with evil intent. These Psalms were written by David as he cried out to the Lord for help from those sought to do him harm. We can also call out to God for help and protection from evildoers.
Deliver me from evildoers and save me from those who are after my blood. Psalm 59:2
Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers; protect me from the violent, who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day. Psalm 140:1-2
Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers, from the snares they have laid for me. Psalm 141:9
You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked… Psalm 12:7
Keep me safe, Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways to trip my feet. Psalm 140:4
A Prayer for God’s Protection and Safety
Lord, I praise you for being my rock, fortress, and deliverer. I ask that you will surround me with your protection and favor as with a shield (Psalm 5:11). Protect me from the schemes of the enemy, and hide me under the shadow of your wings. Shield me from harm and guard me from the paths of the wicked. Equip me with the Armor of God, so that I can stand victoriously in you.
In Jesus’ name, Amen
Bible Verses about Protection and Safety: Free Printable
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I pray that these Bible verses about protection and safety encourage you to run to the canopy of God’s protection today. Whatever storms or trials you are going through, remember that God is your shield, refuge and strength. Focus on these Scriptures to receive daily reminders of God’s love and care for you!
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