Psalm 91: A Powerful Weapon of Protection Through Life’s Storms — Including the Coronavirus

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.   I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.Psalm 91:1-2  (Read all of Psalm 91). 

In a perilous world, with dangerous diseases like the flu, the coronavirus, and others, many are very fearful. In a world where inner cities and many other communities are simply dangerous places to be, with drug trafficking, human trafficking, muggings, murders, and physical and sexual abuse, etc., where can people go to be safe? 

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come…” 2 Timothy 3:1  (Read all of II Timothy 3). 

In a world where people have been shot in work places, schools, churches, stadiums, and others, can we be safe and secure anywhere? Is there any way to be protected from the dangers and perils we see in the world around us?  

God, in His Word, did provide us with a powerful weapon for divine protection. This weapon is found in His Word in the book of Psalms. This particular weapon of divine protection is found in Psalm 91. 

If believers will choose to pray Psalm 91 daily and/or speak the promises of Psalm 91 every day, the Lord, as we put this powerful Psalm to work, can protect us mightily. 

Are you aware that there is a place in God — a secret place — for believers who desire and believe God for divine protection? It is a place of protection and physical safety that God teaches us about in Psalm 91.  There, you find a collection of protection promises that form a powerful weapon of security and defense that only God can provide.  We are wise to confess those promises over our lives and over our families.  Also, we are wise to pray, using the wisdom and weapons of protection found in Psalm 91.  The following is one way to pray a prayer based on the wisdom and power in Psalm 91. 

Praying Psalm 91 - A Prayer for Protection 

Today, I dwell in the secret place of the most Highand so I abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 

Today I say of the LORD,
You are my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in You I trust. 

Surely you deliver me from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 

You cover me with Your feathers, and under Your wings I trust:
Your truth is my shield and buckler. 

And so, I am not afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flies by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 

A thousand may fall at my side, and ten thousand at my right hand;
but it shall not come near me. 

Only with my eyes do I look and see the reward of the wicked. 

Because I have made the Lord my refuge, even the most High, my habitation;
No evil befalls me, nor does any plague come nigh my dwelling. 

For He gives his angels charge over me, to keep me in all my ways. 

They bear me up in their hands, lest I dash my foot against a stone. 

I tread upon the lion and the cobra:
the young lion and the serpent I trample under foot. 

Because I have set my love upon Him, therefore He delivers me:
He sets me on high, because I have known His name. 

I call upon Him, and He answers me:
He is with me in trouble;
He delivers me, and honors me. 

With long life He satisfies me,
and shows me His salvation. 

In Jesus’s Name, Amen. 

Believers would be wise to pray this prayer for ourselves and for our families every single day.  Why is this true?  Well, the answer is simple.  No one or nothing can protect you like God can.  He is God Almighty. 

Joseph Parker serves as the pastor of Bethlehem A.M.E. Church in Winona, Mississippi, and the Director of Outreach and Intercession with the American Family Association. He has been in the ministry for almost 40 years and hosts the radio broadcast, “The Hour of Intercession,” on the Urban Family Communications Radio network.

The views expressed in opinion articles are solely those of the author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by Black Community News.

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  1. Beautiful and powerful! Thank you!

  2. We should always be thankful to God for watching over our lives…not simply when we become anxious about our future.