PSALM 91: The Song of Protection (The Message Bible[i])
Read this powerful Psalm before you travel or enter difficult situations. The Lord God Almighty is a God of protection and provision and wants His believers to be safe. This version is written in the personal “I or me” voice to make this a declaration of safety. (or, use “we/us”)
1-13 You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow. Say this:
“God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe.”
That’s right—He rescues me from hidden traps, shields me from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect me—under them I’m perfectly safe.
I Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day. Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze me.
I’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because God’s my refuge, the High God my very own home. Evil can’t get close to me—harm can’t get through the door.
He ordered His angels to guard me wherever I go. If I stumble, they’ll catch me; their job is to keep me from falling.
I’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes and kick young lions and serpents from the path.
14-16 “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God,
“I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me.”
“Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times.
I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party! I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!”
[i] Scripture adapted from THE MESSAGE, Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.