A Prayer of Response to Hardship


Psalm 91, a renowned passage in the Bible, is often referred to as a psalm of trust and assurance. Its historical context is not definitively known, but it is generally considered to have been written during a time of distress, possibly amid a crisis or conflict. The psalm emphasizes the protection and refuge provided by God to those who trust in Him, highlighting the themes of divine shelter, deliverance from danger, and the faithful's unwavering confidence in God's sovereignty.

While you pray this psalm over your life, let it instill a deep sense of trust and reliance on God's providence, offering comfort and reassurance to believers facing adversity.

A Song for Comfort and Protection

Psalm 91

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

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[b] 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.”

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Posted by Rob & Shawna Thomas

Rob and Shawna are both graduates of Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas. During their time in Dallas, they were on staff with Youth for the Nations summer conference hosting over 4000 teenagers the summer of 1995. For three and a half years they served as full-time youth pastors at Christian Life Church in Rantoul, Illinois. In 1999 they moved to Rob’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee to serve at Church of the Harvest where Rob’s father pastored. Over the next 20 years they aided in various roles including youth pastors, worship leader, men’s director, women’s director, camp directors and outreach directors. In 2019, they were given the position of Lead Pastors at Harvest where they are still serving today. They have three grown children all serving the Lord and serving in ministry, Lauren, Madison, and Aaron.

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