Praying Psalm 91 is a powerful prayer of protection that we can use to cover ourselves in our families in prayer. During the pandemic of Covid-19 or anytime, we can call on the Lord for his protection, and we can use Psalm 91 as a powerful prayer for protection over our lives.
Does this mean that we as believers will never get sick?
No. We will still experience pain, suffering, death, and disease because we live in a fallen world. That means that because of sin, this world will continue to groan in pain, as it awaits the freedom from the bondage of decay (Romans 8:18-21). We ourselves groan as we wait for the full redemption of our earthly bodies when Christ returns (Romans 8:23).
But this doesn’t mean that we don’t serve a God who heals and delivers us from sickness and disease. We serve a miracle-working God! But even while we wait for Jesus to come and make all things new, we can hold to the promises of God’s word that he is our refuge and help in times of trouble. That is why we can still pray Psalm 91 as a prayer of protection and strength.
This does not mean that we or our loved ones will never experience death. Psalm 116:15 says,
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.
Death is not the end of our existence, but the beginning of our Eternal freedom and salvation through Christ.
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
So how can we still pray Psalm 91 with power and confidence? Let’s look at the following verses in this beautiful psalm.
Pray Psalm 91 to Abide in Christ
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”Psalm 91:1-2
The words dwell, rest, refuge, and fortress are words that mean we are to abide in the Lord. The word abide means to remain, to not depart, to continue, to dwell, to endure, and to be present (source). When we rest, abide, and take refuge in God’s fortress and shelter, we are protected from the snares of the enemy. How can anyone fall into the “fowler’s snare” if they are nestled safely in the dwelling place of the Lord?
The name of the Lord is a strong tower the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10
Praying Psalm 91 teaches us that God Covers us
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness and rampart.Psalm 91:4
Not only do we abide within the safety of God’s dwelling, but he actively covers us with his protection. His faithfulness is our shield and rampart. Remember the armor of God in Ephesians chapter 6? We gird ourselves with the shield of faith –his powerful armor of protection.
When God covers us with his love and faithfulness, his protection is secure!
Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous, you surround them with your favor as with a shield.Psalm 5:12
Praying Psalm 91 teaches us to not be afraid
We face very real dangers in our world today. As we go about our daily lives, we needed to use wisdom and discretion. When we drive, we put on our seat belts. During Covid-19, we maintain six feet distancing and wash our hands. We take basic precautions to remain healthy and safe, and we trust God with the rest. We don’t have to live in a constant state of terror or dread.
David in Psalm 23 verse 4 said it powerfully,
…even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Praying Psalm 91 teaches us to Trust God, NOT to Test God
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.Psalm 91:11-12
Remember when Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness and Matthew chapter 4? Satan tried to tempt Jesus by quoting Psalm 91 out of context.
Check it out here:
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Matthew 4:5-6
Do you see how Satan tried to use Scripture against the Son of God?
Jesus answered him by saying,
“It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ Matthew 4:7
We know that God will protect us, but that doesn’t mean we put God to the test and do something foolish like jump from a tall building. Trust the Lord to protect you, but don’t be unwise. When we continue to abide in Christ and use the Word of God to guide us, we will not fall into Satan’s traps!
Praying Psalm 91 teaches us that God is with us during times of trouble
He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.Psalm 91:15
Remember that we are not exempt from trouble or difficulty in this world. Jesus himself said that we will have trouble, but we can take heart because he has already overcome the world! (John 16:33) We can rest assured that God will be with us in the valleys and on the mountaintops.
Praying Psalm 91 reminds us of our Salvation
With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”Psalm 91:16
What a blessing it is to know that no matter what happens on earth, we have the security of our Salvation through Christ! We must remember that our eternal hope of heaven far outweighs the struggles here on earth. God is with us during the difficulties on earth, and he will be with us in eternity. What a great comfort it is to know that we will enter the eternal rest of our Lord forever!
How to Pray Psalm 91 as a Prayer of Protection
As you read through and pray Psalm 91 as a prayer of protection over yourself and your family, keep these things in mind.
- Read Psalm 91 daily
- Memorize Psalm 91
- Personalize Psalm 91 by inserting your name or your family member’s names within various portions of the Scripture
- Hang Psalm 91 in your home or in a place where you will see it often (you can download a floral copy of Psalm 91 by going to the post on Praying through the Psalms here.)
- Continue to trust the Lord each day!
We can use Psalm 91 to pray a powerful prayer of protection over ourselves and our loved ones, and we can rest assured that when we dwell in God’s shelter, we can experience the beauty of his joy and peace! Even in the midst of this fallen world, we can take great comfort in the truth that God is with us always!
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