Psalm 91 is of particular interest to our military men and women as well as their families. Commonly referred to as the “warriors psalm” it has brought comfort to many a soldier, marine, airmen, corpsman, and sailor for many many years. God’s protection to those who are in harm’s way is vital to their confidence and hope. I have spoken to many veterans as to the importance of this psalm in their lives on or near battle fields all over the world. I spoke to one marine who actually prayed this psalm for his family while he could not be near them. It was almost as if his trust in God’s protection for himself was not really the issue.
Experiencing the reality of God’s Protection–
Two key words of condition are found in the very first verse of Psalm 91. Dwell and Rest. The words dwell here literally means “to feel at home”. When I am at home, I feel the most secure. I am aware of the protection of “feeling at home.” The word dwell here is coupled with the word “rest”. I don’t know about you, but I do not rest well when I am away from home. The psalmist states, for those who “feel at home” will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. There is not a better knowledge of God’s protection than really knowing God so much, that you feel at home in His presence.
I watch people all the time that come to church that just look uncomfortable. It looks like they are out of place. They look anxious about being around people who love God. They have not yet experienced that relationship with God of “dwelling” and “resting”. When you meet those conditions, you will truly experience a faith and confidence of God’s protection.
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New International Version (NIV)
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”