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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I have prayed this Ps for over 25 years. I was warned a month before a near death heart attack not to be afraid I would not die. God protected my child from having a wreck. When my oldest son was dying of cancer last winter, I
prayed this & God put a beautiful cloud over my bed to give me peace. This Ps . Has
given me so much peace thru the years. Please read it daily.
Wow Judy, thank you so much for sharing–God is faithful! May the Lord continue to bless you and your family!
Teresa Espinoza says
Reading Psalm 91 reminds of my Aunt Espie who passed away 2 years ago, I called her when I was need of a prayer for my grandchildren on a daily basis (she was our go to), Psalm 91 is what she gave me to pray daily, I found it so comforting.
Thank you so much for sharing Teresa! I have found this psalm to bring me great comfort as well. Blessings to you and your family!
Mary Taylor says
I am believing in the 91st psalm I read it often I am sitting at home afraid to go to the hospital but I know God is in control. Please pray for me that no weapon formed against me shall prosper in Jesus name amen.
Amen, Mary, no weapon formed against you or me shall prosper in the Mighty name of Jesus.
I enjoyed your post. I committed Psalm 91 to memory back in March 2020. It’s been a great comfort to pray and walk in these promises. I work in dentistry and in this pandemic it’s been a great confession of trust as I pray this each morning before work.
Wow, thank you for visiting Juli! May the Lord continue to surround your with his shield of protection each day!
Valerie j Parran says
This is really beautiful I love reading the scriptures
Thank you so much Valerie!
I read this psalm everyday. I know God has his healing hand upon my son and his family. No weapon formed against them will prosper. He is our shield and rampart
Such beautiful uplifting scripture in this sad times. So lovely to see amazing women of God uplifting each other. We truly need that. I live in Zambia, Africa. We love our Lord and we give all this happenings in the world in His hands. For He cares and carrys our burdens. To Jesus be the glory and honor.
Thank you so much! Blessings to you and your family as we rely on the strength of the Lord each day!
Nwonye Nkechi Grace says
I find this so educating thanks for sharing
Thank you so much for visiting! May the Lord bless you richly!
I really enjoy reading the book of Psalms. My aunt, who passed away in her mid-90’s, had shared that she had memorized Psalm 91 in her younger days and encouraged me to pray this Prayer of Protection for myself and others before traveling. I have been doing so for a number of years now. I have also been praying this beautiful scripture every morning and am working on memorizing it. I find it to be so comforting, especially during this pandemic. I am so grateful and thankful to God for how He continues to protect, bless and keep us each and everyday🙏🏾.
Thank you Cynthia! What hope and comfort we have in the Word of God! Blessings to you and your family!
Lol I thank God for psalm 91 when I was having surgery for cancer i never gõeary or had any doubt that i would not be alrighpt had a comest over me that God would heal me i still believe i was cured before i had the surgery i believe God had done thpe healing my dr. Just had to do. The part God ordaned him to do the big part had already been done i know God put dr. Here to help us thats why i go to them but the healing comes from the great physician. I have been reading psalm 91 since the pendamic i tries to do it every day some time not as the time i like to. But i know God understands i m doing well now thanks to God i m still holding on to psalm 91 God bless. Vicki.
May the Lord surround you with his favor and protection Victoria!
Brenda Piper says
91 Psalm has been my favorite and Joseph Prince books
I love Psalm 91! Thanks so much for visiting!