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91. Psalm 91
1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High
aShall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2I will say of Jehovah, He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in whom I trust.
3For he will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,
And from the deadly pestilence.
4He will cover thee with his pinions,
And under his wings shalt thou take refuge:
His truth is a shield and a buckler.
5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night,
Nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6For the pestilence that walketh in darkness,
Nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7A thousand shall fall at thy side,
And ten thousand at thy right hand;
But it shall not come nigh thee.
8Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 aFor thou, O Jehovah, art my refuge!
Thou hast made the Most High thy habitation;
10There shall no evil befall thee,
Neither shall any plague come nigh thy tent.
11For he will give his angels charge over thee,
To keep thee in all thy ways.
12They shall bear thee up in their hands,
Lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder:
The young lion and the serpent shalt thou trample under foot.
14Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:
I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15He shall call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble:
I will deliver him, and honor him.
16With long life will I satisfy him,
And show him my salvation.
5 Thou shalt not fear for the terror of the night. The Psalmist continues to insist upon the truth which I have just adverted to, that, if we confide with implicit reliance upon the protection of God, we will be secure from every temptation and assault of Satan. It is of importance to remember, that those whom God has taken under his care are in a state of the most absolute safety. Even those who have reached the most advanced experience find nothing more difficult than to rely upon Divine deliverance; and more especially when, overtaken by some of the many forms in which danger and death await us in this world, doubts will insinuate themselves into our hearts, giving rise to fear and disquietude. There was reason, therefore, why the Psalmist should enter upon a specification of different evils, encouraging the Lord’s people to look for more than one mode of deliverance, and to bear up under various and accumulated calamities. Mention is made of the fear of the night, because men are naturally apprehensive in the dark, or because the night exposes us to dangers of different kinds, and our fears are apt at such a season to magnify any sound or disturbance. The arrow, rather than another weapon, is instanced as flying by day, for the reason apparently that it shoots to a greater distance, and with such swiftness, that we can with difficulty escape it. The verse which follows states, though in different words, the same truth, that there is no kind of calamity which the shield of the Almighty cannot ward off and repel.