This famous psalm is often to referred to as the "Psalm of Protection" and also the "Soldier's Psalm". It remains a popular reading for servicemen and women, and many soldiers and service personnel often carry a copy of this scripture with them when they are deployed into areas of armed conflict.
In the Jewish faith, psalm 91 is recited before bedtime, and is also used for the burial of the dead. In Christianity, the psalm is used in the first Sunday in lent. (Lent mirrors the 40 days that Christ spent fasting in the wilderness. The devil tempted him by quoting verse 11 and 12 of this psalm).
A few months ago, the Lord had me memorize Psalm 91 in its entirety. As I began to commit it to memory He began opening it up for me. One of the most wow moments I had was when I began to get revelation of the names of God
- Psalm 91:1 Elyon – Strongest of the Strong, superlative God, Supreme
- Psalm 91:1 Shaddai – All Sufficient, All Powerful, Omnipotent
- Psalm 91:2 Yahweh or Jehovah – I Am Who Am
- Psalm 91:2 Elohim – God, the Most High, Supreme Creator
The other revelation that really stands out to me is in 7 when a thousand may fall, and then ten thousand, but then it says "but it shall not come near you ' I had never caught that before..not they, or he but it...the evil, the destruction, the pestilence, the terror by night, shall not come near me....WOW! Awesome!
I had never attempted to memorize that much text before, but I am so glad I did! As I recited it over and over, piece by piece, section by section, it got in me. His words …BECAME! They came alive! I carry them now in the very core of me!
I am now beginning the challenge of tackling Isaiah 63. I challenge you to ask the Lord what He would have you commit to memory! Cause it’s not just your mind that remembers, so does your heart!
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him Iwill trust. 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon 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