Psalms, chapter 91

We can rest safely under God’s care.God’s power and angels are ready to protect us.

Our Bible reading for today is from Psalms 91, the verse of reference in  is: 

 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalms 91:1 NIV).


Living in the shadow of the Almighty.

Historical commentary. – This Psalm is one of the best known among the psaltery psalms. It is a psalm of confidence in a time of danger and defiance against evil powers. Although no one knows the date of its origin, some scholars suggest that David is its author and was probably inspired by the pestilence mentioned in 2 Samuel 24. Ellen White says that this psalm contains a message of comfort for all who go through times of trouble, especially for “the people of God who observe the divine commandments” (8T 120), and for those who experience the “time of trouble “and the perils of the last days (Ed 177, PP 101). 

Inhabiting the shelter of the Most High. – Verse 1 mentions two verbs: to inhabit and dwell, to denote a continued close relationship between the psalmist and the Almighty. This presents the challenge : “Abide in Me (John 15:3,5). God is our protection, a refuge when we are afraid. We “live” with him to get away from all the dangers and fears of life.

Rest under the shadow of the Almighty. – It is a privilege to dwell under the shadow of the Almighty, there we can face the dangers ahead, overcome real or imagined fears. We enjoy the protection of the angels: “He who slumbers not, who is continually working to make their designs, will carry out its work. The hinder the purposes of impious men confusion the counsels of those who plot evil against your people. He who is the King, the Lord of hosts, sitteth between the cherubim, and amid the strife and tumult of nations He guards His children. When the strongholds of kings are demolished, when the arrows of wrath shall strike through the hearts of his enemies, His people will be safe in his hands PR 130.


Almighty and omnipotent God. Thanks for your care and protection, thank you for sheltering us in your shadow. We ask for your protection over our lives, family, brothers and friends. In the name of Jesus, amen

By Dr. Franz Rios and Pablo Rios
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